A ship that may be more than 200 years old has surfaced off the coast of Canada
The massive upside-down hull of an ancient ship, probably built in the 19th century, recently surfaced on the coast of Cape Ray, Newfoundland. The wreck has aroused the interest and fascination of local residents who are eager to find out who might have been on board and under what conditions it went down.
On January 20, 21-year-old Gordon Blackmore, who was hunting seabirds, noticed a long shadow underwater near the beach. He told his mother, who later sent emails to everyone she could - the Memorial University Maritime Historical Archives and even the Prime Minister, CTV News reports.
"It's amazing, there's no other word for it. I'm just wondering if they can name the ship, how old it is and if there were any lost souls on it," Wanda Blackmore said in an interview.
Neil Burgess, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Shipwreck Preservation Society, believes the ship was built in the 1800s. He bases his opinion on several findings, including:
- Wooden dowels that were used as nails in wooden ships of that era.
- Copper pegs, each more than two centimeters wide, which were used to fasten the hull planks.
- The hull is about 24 meters long, which suggests that the ship itself was even longer.
"It was quite an impressive sailing ship, larger than a schooner, I think. If its hull is made of oak, it was not built in North America," the expert said.
It is believed to be just one of thousands of shipwrecks in the region. Perhaps the reason the sailboat surfaced was the post-tropical storm Fiona, which destroyed about 100 homes and destroyed the coastline in 2022.