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200-year-old shipwreck found in Gulf of Mexico
FoxNews ^ | May 19, 22012 | NA

Posted on 05/19/2012 3:52:18 PM PDT by Ron C.

NEW ORLEANS – An oil company exploration crew's chance discovery of a 200-year-old shipwreck in a little-charted stretch of the Gulf of Mexico is yielding a trove of new information to scientists who say it's one of the most well-preserved old wrecks ever found in the Gulf.

"When we saw it we were all just astonished because it was beautifully preserved, and by that I mean for a 200-year-old shipwreck," said Jack Irion, maritime archaeologist with the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in New Orleans.

Video shows muskets and gin bottles littering the Gulf bottom, along with sea life mingling in the wreck.

Scientists say the ship is about 200 miles off the northern Gulf coast and about 4,000 feet deep. The depth has kept it largely undisturbed during two centuries of storms and hurricanes. And although most of the ship's wood dissolved long ago, the copper hull and its contents remain in place.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: history; shipwreck
This is one of the most interesting ship-wrecks found near the US in a long time.
1 posted on 05/19/2012 3:52:23 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

I’m a bottle collector. Those pics are making me drool. To bad it’s 4000 feet down!


2 posted on 05/19/2012 3:55:51 PM PDT by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: Ron C.

3 posted on 05/19/2012 3:59:55 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: AndrewB
Yes - and too bad it wasn't found by private hunters, because they would sell artifacts - but, with US government discovery, removal of anything may never take place, as the article implies at one point.

Yet collectors would probably pay for the cost of the discovery, replacing public funds used so far!

4 posted on 05/19/2012 4:00:38 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.


5 posted on 05/19/2012 4:01:57 PM PDT by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: Ron C.

I think “Throck” is watching this because...”The Sea Remembers”.


8 posted on 05/19/2012 4:41:19 PM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: Ron C.
BOEM is protecting and preserving the site until it's determined what country the vessel is from.

This is a wreck. Unless it is determined to be a war ship salvage rights belong to the finder.

9 posted on 05/19/2012 4:43:21 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: AndrewB
Here are a few of many bottles I have dug up in Portland, Maine. I dug these when I was about 11 yrs old

I love digging. Problem is I can never let go of the things I dig. LOL!

10 posted on 05/19/2012 4:46:46 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: Ron C.

There is also a video

Shipwreck Video NOAA


11 posted on 05/19/2012 5:15:03 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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Keep FR Running
Let's get to Yellow!

12 posted on 05/19/2012 5:19:03 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: Ron C.

Just what does your post add to the topic?


13 posted on 05/19/2012 5:33:58 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (The response to 1984 is 1776.)
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To: chooseascreennamepat; Ron C.
Just what does your post add to the topic?

It is simple semantics. "200 year old shipwreck" versus "200 year old wrecked ship".

14 posted on 05/19/2012 6:50:34 PM PDT by bigheadfred (SHUT UP OBIWAN)
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To: SunkenCiv

For your files.


15 posted on 05/19/2012 6:53:10 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Ron C.

Muskets and gin bottles... I wonder how many British ships went missing in those waters during the War of 1812? I’ll bet they can narrow it down to a few likely vessels.


16 posted on 05/19/2012 7:48:39 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: tsowellfan

THAT is one hell of an interesting collection! What makes it best, you found it all by yourself. I’m jealous... lol


17 posted on 05/19/2012 10:19:54 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Charles Martel

Weren’t the Brits the major fanciers of gin? You might be on to something.


18 posted on 05/19/2012 10:24:00 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

200 years ago would be the War of 1812. I wonder if it was a British Man o’ War.


19 posted on 05/20/2012 3:03:12 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: tsowellfan

“Here are a few of many bottles I have dug up in Portland, Maine”

Cool bottles! Exceptionaly well preserved. I got my bottle bug digging up old stuff in my neighborhood as a boy as well. Wish I had been smart enough to keep them like you did! Happy digging!


20 posted on 05/20/2012 7:27:50 AM PDT by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: Ron C.
Weren’t the Brits the major fanciers of gin? You might be on to something.

It seems logical to me - if those are really gin bottles. The War of 1812 was in part caused by the later Napoleonic Wars and the related activities - especially the impressment of American sailors into the service of the Royal Navy.

The Spanish, part-time allies of Napoleon, lost their grip on some of the Balearic Islands to the British. IIRC, the Brits used the island of Menorca (and its port city, Mahon) as a refitting and resupply base for their Navy. Even today there's an active gin distillery on the island, a legacy of the days of British control.

21 posted on 05/20/2012 8:05:14 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Ron C.

Bump!


22 posted on 05/20/2012 8:18:37 AM PDT by painter (Rebuild The America We love!)
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To: Eleutheria5
I wonder if it was a British Man o’ War.

There was a Royal Navy squadron assigned to blockade the Gulf Coast ports, primarily Mobile and New Orleans.

And then there's this.

23 posted on 05/20/2012 8:51:52 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Ron C.
the copper hull and its contents remain in place.

With the price of copper, there's probably some homeless guys building a diving bell right now.

24 posted on 05/20/2012 8:55:35 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Ron C.

WOW! very cool!


25 posted on 05/20/2012 9:04:03 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Red_Devil 232
I'm an old bottle junkie and seeing that stuff get’s my heart “ A pumping”.

That clear bottle in the middle looks like a Chrystal decanter and up towards the upper right hand looks like the stopper is laying there.

26 posted on 05/20/2012 10:41:57 AM PDT by painter (Rebuild The America We love!)
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To: Ron C.; All

Imagine diving on a WWII cargo ship and finding a sealed crate of Thompsons, or Garands, preserved in cosmoline...

Wonder if they’d still be workable, or able to be restored, or would they be total basket cases...?


27 posted on 05/20/2012 11:29:45 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Charles Martel

Y-you mean, Bush was causing global warming back in 1812?! NOOOOOOOOOO!


28 posted on 05/20/2012 2:53:09 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

I’m not sure about Bush, but Dick Cheney’s great-great-great-grandfather was living in Massachusetts just before the Revolutionary War. Maybe he conspired with Ben Franklin to build the “Weather Machine”.


29 posted on 05/20/2012 4:30:18 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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