Researchers: Discovery of shipwreck 'tantalizing'

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Marine archaeologists are excited by the discovery of what may be a 200-year-old well-preserved shipwreck some 170 miles off the coast of Galveston.

It's about 4,300 feet below the surface. Researchers led by a team from Texas State University in San Marcos called it the deepest shipwreck that archaeologists have systematically investigated in the Gulf of Mexico and in North America.

They also described the remains as "tantalizing" because of the degree of preservation.

A Shell Oil Co. survey crew detected the remains in 2011.

The depth of the shipwreck prevents divers from exploring it, so researchers this week have been using remote-controlled undersea vehicles to examine it.

They've recovered ceramics, bottles and an octant, a navigational tool. Other items spotted include muskets, swords, cannons and clothing.

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