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THE wreck of a long-lost mer­chant ship, the SS Co­topaxi, has been lo­cated al­most 100 years af­ter it mys­te­ri­ously dis­ap­peared in the Ber­muda Tri­an­gle (cue the con­spir­acy the­o­ries) with 32 pas­sen­gers on­board, on its way to Ha­vana, Cuba from Charleston, South Carolina in 1925.

In fact, the ship­wreck had turned up 35 years ago, but was only re­cently iden­ti­fied as the ill-fated Co­topaxi.

A group of un­der­wa­ter ex­plor­ers and mar­itime ar­chae­ol­o­gists, along with the help of a his­to­rian, solved the case of mis­taken iden­tity af­ter find­ing a cru­cial piece of in­for­ma­tion in ship records at the archives of Lloyd’s of Lon­don.

The ship­wreck, lo­cated off the coast of St Au­gus­tine, and lo­cally known as the Bear Wreck, will fea­ture in the new se­ries Ship­wreck Secrets, start­ing next month on the Sci­ence Chan­nel.

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