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Mystery 200-year-old shipwreck found in Gulf of Mexico

PortandTerminal.com, May 30, 2019

Researchers testing equipment in the Gulf of Mexico inadvertently discovered the 200-year-old wreckage of a ship earlier this month

The NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer discovered a shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico while testing a new remotely operated vehicle.

The team aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Okeanos Explorer found the impressive wreck when they were testing a remotely operated vehicle about 160 miles offshore.

Photo: NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer

The ship lies about 1,460 feet below the surface of the water, along an underwater cliff known as the Florida Escarpment.

The team made the discovery on May 16 during an expedition, before sharing news of the wreck online this week.

Researchers believe the 124 foot long ship was built in the mid-1800s.

The numbers “2109” were nailed to the edge of the ship’s rudder, and some iron and copper artefacts were spotted near the vessel.

The structure above the water line is missing, and some timbers are charred, leading experts to believe the ship caught fire before sinking.

The hull is largely intact with copper sheathing covering the bottom of the hull.

So far, many mysteries about the boat remain. Researchers haven’t been able to confirm details about the boat’s nationality, crew, rig or trade, the NOAA reported.

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