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Mystery Of Shipwreck Washed Up on Newfoundland Coast

4th February 2024
The mysterious shipwreck washed up on Canadian coast
The mysterious shipwreck washed up on Canadian coast

Archaeologists in Newfoundland are planning a survey of a wrecked ship which has recently washed up on the coast and may be up to 200 years old.

As the BBC reports, the 24 metre-long shipwreck was found by a boy hunting sea ducks near the shore outside Cape Ray, a coastal town in south-west Newfoundland.

There is speculation that the wreck, which would have been one of many caught by the large shallow rocks off Cape Ray, could have been dislodged from the seabed well over a year by Hurricane Fiona.

The hurricane hit Canada in September 2022, having travelled north from the Caribbean and through the Atlantic.

Wanda Blackmore, whose son found what seemed at first like "a dark object out in the water", told the BBC that it “could be the ship that brought my ancestors, or my husband's ancestors”,

Like many Newfoundland residents, she has English, Irish and Scottish roots, linked to the seasonal Atlantic cod fishery.

A team of experts have been surveying the ship's wreckage in hopes of uncovering clues about its originA team of experts have been surveying the ship's wreckage in hopes of uncovering clues about its origin

The archaeological team has to survey the timbers before strong waves pull the ship away from the coast and towards deeper waters.

Neil Burgess, president of the Shipwreck Preservation Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, said it was hoped to “be able to piece together where this ship came from and how it ended up here”,

Read the BBC report here

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