Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of the Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) found the wreckage of a ship which is believed to have sunk about 200 years ago in the Gulf of Mexico.
Scientists stumbled upon the wooden hull of the vessel during a recent 56-day expedition, NOAA, while diving in unknown or little-known areas in the west of the Gulf of Mexico. The expedition, which ended April 29, primarily focused on measuring the rate of natural gas in the seabed, as well as explore potential areas of shipwreck.
"We found four sunken ship during this expedition, but I think this crash was the most interesting and historic. Place nearly 200 miles from the Gulf Coast and more than 4,000 feet of water in a relatively unexplored area," said Frank Kantelas, a marine archaeologist Seas Office of ocean exploration and research NOAA.
Researchers on board NOAA Okeanos Explorer used underwater robots and high-definition cameras and found the remains of an anchor and navigational instruments on board. Shipwrecks also contains various artifacts such as glass bottles, ceramic dishes, bowls, bottles, medicine bottles and all kinds of food storage, some still sealed and the contents inside.
Scientists also say that the majority of wood used in construction of ships decayed, but the lining of the vessel from the oxidized copper remains intact.
"Copper is that the shell casing under the waterline as a protection from marine organisms has helped to preserve the shape of the ship. Copper turned green due to oxidation and chemical processes for more than a century on the sea floor," the statement said.