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Boston Construction Uncovers 1800s Wooden Ship (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante
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An old shipwreck from the 1800s was discovered in Boston.

The remains of a 50-foot-long wooden ship from the mid- to late 1800s was found by Skanska construction workers in May, WBZ-TV reported.

The discovery was made during the construction of a new 400,000-square-foot office building in the Seaport District, and archaeologists are calling it a rare find.

“This is the first shipwreck that I know of in Boston discovered in filled land,” city archaeologist Joe Bagley told WBZ-TV. “This is the largest and most significant by far.”

The site of the discovery is now being inspected more thoroughly.

“You certainly come across a lot of interesting things when you do below-grade excavation, but I’ve never seen anything like this in my career,” said Skanska CEO Shawn Hurley. “I can say in my entire career I’ve never come across an artifact.”

The ship appeared to be carrying lime, Bagley said. It is the first shipwreck to be discovered in this section of the city.

Bagley said he isn’t sure what might have caused the shipwreck.

“At this point we’re not quite sure, because it’s definitely in an area that was mud flats at low tide, so the ship may have run aground or crashed here during a storm,” Bagley said.

Hurley stopped excavation immediately after the discovery so the city can further investigate the find.

“The City of Boston is extremely fortunate that Skanska has decided to stop the project temporarily to let the archaeologists come in and document this really important piece of maritime history,” Bagley added. “Were doing it as fast as we can to make sure not to cause any undue delay to the project.”

Archaeologists are using 3D imaging equipment to bring the old ship back to life.

Sources: WBZ-TV, CNN / Photo credit: WBZ-TV
 

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