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Mystery shipwreck found in Gulf of Mexico

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"A mysterious 19th-century shipwreck has been discovered by researchers testing underwater drone equipment in the Gulf of Mexico.

"A team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aboard the exploration vessel Okeanos Explorer was testing the equipment on May 16 when the wreck was spotted.

"Sonar on the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) “Deep Discoverer” picked up what appeared to be the shape of a shipwreck, prompting the NOAA researchers to take a closer look.

Full report and video at Fox News: http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/us-world-news/19th-century-shipwreck-discovered-gulf-of-mexico

At Geek dot com: https://www.geek.com/news/researchers-accidentally-discover-19th-century-shipwreck-in-gulf-of-mexico-1789334/

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Myles

This is pretty cool.    124ft long isn't tiny.

Odd that the article would be written as "unidentified 200-year-old wreck" and then they would state:

but left archaeologists with many questions, including what type of sailing vessel the wreck is, why it is there, where it is from, how old it is, who was on it and where they were from

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Saru
1 hour ago, Myles said:

This is pretty cool.    124ft long isn't tiny.

Odd that the article would be written as "unidentified 200-year-old wreck" and then they would state:

but left archaeologists with many questions, including what type of sailing vessel the wreck is, why it is there, where it is from, how old it is, who was on it and where they were from

It's believed to be 19th century but they don't have a more specific date, so it's roughly 200 years old.

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Myles
14 minutes ago, Saru said:

It's believed to be 19th century but they don't have a more specific date, so it's roughly 200 years old.

That makes sense of it a bit.   Just seems odd is all.    

Being almost 1500 ft down is going to make gathering info a challenge I would think.   My guess is that no one will explore it anymore for a long time.  

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Eldorado

Some historic Gulf of Mexico shipwrecks can be read about here....

"Part of the mission of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is to ensure that significant archaeological sites are not adversely affected by oil and gas exploration and development. This responsibility often includes the protection of historic shipwrecks. Historical research indicates that over 2,000 ships have sunk on the Federal OCS between 1625 to 1951; thousands more have sunk closer to shore in state waters during the same period. Only a handful of these have been scientifically excavated by archaeologists for the benefit of generations to come."

https://www.boem.gov/Shipwrecks/

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