“IT’S LIKE A SEALED-UP TIME CAP­SULE.”

Kevin He­bib, Fort York Na­tional His­toric Site

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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.”

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