Ship That Washed Up on Florida Beach Could Be From 1700’s


(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TIME NEWS)

 

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

March 29, 2018

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.) — A 48-foot section of an old sailing ship has washed ashore on a Florida beach, thrilling researchers who are rushing to study it before it’s reclaimed by the sea.

The Florida Times-Union reports the well-preserved section of a wooden ship’s hull washed ashore overnight Tuesday on Florida’s northeastern coast.

Researchers with the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum have been documenting the artifact and say it could date back as far as the 1700s.

Museum historian Brendan Burke told the newspaper that evidence suggests the vessel was once sheeted in copper, and that crews found Roman numerals carved on its wooden ribs.

Researchers rushed to photograph and measure the wreckage. The photos will be used to create a 3-D model.

3 thoughts on “Ship That Washed Up on Florida Beach Could Be From 1700’s

  1. That’s about 15 miles from me. Not much of the hull remains. I’m a history major but Im’ not sure how much we learn from spending thousands of dollars on that old hull. Makes no difference, we will do it. I’d much rather see the state go after ships with treasure about another 20 miles away. That we know is there and simply need to salvage it. But just because some is old doesn’t make it valuable. Hence, dirt is pretty old.

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