Scientists have discovered a shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina while conducting an underwater research. The shipwreck dates back to the American Revolution period.
Scientists from the Duke University discovered the never before seen shipwreck on Sunday, a mile underwater. The team of scientists was working with WHOI (The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute) and was amazed to discover the very old shipwreck, complete with intact cargo, more than 100 miles off the coast of North Carolina.
The team of researchers composed of marine scientists from the University of Oregon, the North Carolina State University and the Duke University was aboard a ship owned by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in order to explore the marine “ecology of deep-sea methane seeps” at the time they made the discovery. The sonar picked up a dark line and a dark and diffuse area. The scientists first believed it was just a scientific mooring they lost on a previous expedition. However, it proved to be a mysterious shipwreck.
Cyndy Van Dover, director of the Marine Laboratory at Duke University and the leader of the team said it was a very exciting find and that even with the major advances we’ve seen in exploring and accessing the ocean, the secrets of the deep sea still remain closed. She said she led numerous expeditions in the area in the last years and was very amazed to make the discovery a few days ago.
All the remains on the wrecked ship, such as navigational instruments, glass bottles, bricks and an iron chain suggest the shipwreck dates back to the American Revolution or the 19th century, as claimed by the Duke University.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Maritime Heritage Program will be in charge of the next steps in the discovery. The Heritage Program is planning to visit the mysterious ship in order to determine and identify the country of region of the shipwreck and the period of time in which it was running. Even though they made this incredible discovery, the scientists were not able to find the mooring they were searching for at that time.
There are probably a lot more mysterious shipwrecks resting off the coasts of the US, but there are numerous problems that prevent discoveries such as this one to be made. Cyndy Van Dover said that they made an incredible discovery with the mysterious shipwreck but, surprisingly, the mooring is still missing.
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