Sci­en­tists find shipwreck thought to date back to Rev­o­lu­tion­ary era

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sci­en­tists us­ing un­der­wa­ter ve­hi­cles and sonar have found a shipwreck off the North Carolina coast that may date back to the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion, Duke Univer­sity said Fri­day. The ex­pe­di­tion led by Duke marine sci­en­tist Cindy Van Dover found the pre­vi­ously un­known wreck in mile-deep wa­ters on July 12 us­ing an un­der­wa­ter ro­bot and a manned sub­ma­rine. They’ve found ar­ti­facts in­clud­ing an iron chain, glass bot­tles, an unglazed pot­tery jug and nav­i­ga­tional in­stru­ments in­clud­ing a me­tal com­pass. Ar­chae­ol­o­gists who ex­am­ined photos of the ar­ti­facts say the wreck ap­pears to date back as far as the late 18th cen­tury, which would make it a rare find. “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,’’ Van Dover, di­rec­tor of the Duke Univer­sity Marine Lab­o­ra­tory, said in a news re­lease.

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