A wooden hulled vessel believed to have sunk in an estimated 4000 feet of water about 200 miles off the Northern Gulf Coast shore by ocean researchers who were exploring the depths of the Gulf of Mexico.
The shipwreck was laden with artifacts, such as, anchors, navigational instruments, glass bottles, cannons, boxes of muskets and ceramic plates.
The artifacts and the hull’s copper sheathing indicate that the vessel was sea worthy in the early to mid 1800s.
The wreck was originally identified as an “unknown solar contact” during a 2011 oil and gas survey for Shell Oil, but was only recently investigated in a recent 56-day expedition in little known regions of the Gulf funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Scientists on board the Okeanos Explorer used a state-of-the art multibeam mapping sonar, as well as a remote-controlled underwater explorer called Little Hercules. The remote controlled vessel is equipped with lights and high definition cameras that enabled them to view the artifacts inside the ship’s hull.
After more than a century at the bottom of the sea the ship’s wood has just about disintegrated but the oxidized copper sheathing remains intact.
It is though that ship sank around the events that took place around that time, which include the War of 1812, events leading to the Texas Revolution, and the Mexican-American war.
The NOAA scientists explored four shipwrecks during the expedition and this one was considered to be the most interesting and historic.
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