“IT’S LIKE A SEALED-UP TIME CAPSULE.”
Kevin Hebib, Fort York National Historic Site
artifacts discovered on board shed light on the ship’s crew and roused further curiosity, he said.
For example, they found an American penny at the mast step, meaning the vessel may have been a U.S. cargo ship bringing supplies to a growing city. The coin helps date the vessel. Such coins “don’t postdate anything after the 1820s,” explained Hebib, “so we can start there and move back.”