17th Century Shipwreck Mystifies Scientists; Off The Coast Of…

Arg matey! A joint team of marine scientists from Duke university, North Carolina State university and University of Oregon have unearthed a shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina – dating back to the 18th century! The wreck lying amidst freezing water well preserved – was discovered by using scanning sonar and a robotic underwater vehicle. It is believed to be from a time when the American trade was expanding across the globe.

The location of the wreck was fixed at about 150 miles offshore in the path of the Gulf Stream, which for centuries had been a maritime trade route, according to a report by the Marine Heritage Program.

The artifacts of the shipwreck include: iron chain, glass bottles, an unglazed pottery jug and navigational instruments such as a metal compass. The scientists believe that an analysis of the ceramics, bottles and other artifacts would help establish the date and century of origin for the wrecked ship.

Cindy Van Dover, expedition leader and director of the Duke University Marine Laboratory, said in a news release, “This is an exciting find, and a vivid reminder that even with major advances in our ability to access and explore the ocean, the deep sea holds its secrets close”.



  1. JC says

    The wreck is around 1 mile deep. As frosted flakes points out, no diver in standard scuba equipment will be visiting this site.

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