Serendipitous Discovery by US Scientists, 18th Century Shipwreck Found

Serendipitous Discovery by US Scientists, 18th Century Shipwreck Found

Who knew that after four elaborate expeditions conducted within some 100 metres of the presently discovered wreck site, it would only be the recent exploration that would unsurface a shipwreck that is believed to have occurred somewhere around the American Revolution, the 18th century.

The revelation was made by a research expedition led by scientists on July 12. The wreck site was discovered by employing scanning sonar and a robotic underwater vehicle. Until date, the site sat undisturbed and well preserved, in near-freezing temperatures.

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. Therefore, as per the scientists studying the shipwreck, it dates back to the late 18th or early 19th century when the United States was expanding its trade with the rest of the world by sea.

The artifacts discovered on the wreck included, iron chain, glass bottles, an unglazed pottery jug and navigational instruments such as a metal compass. The scientists opined 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".