Wreck of 200-year-old ship is discovered on a Florida beach after erosion washed away 10ft of sand

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A 200-year-old wreck of a cargo ship has been discovered on Florida's Crescent Beach near St. Augustine. The area has lost 10 feet of sand due to erosion that revealed the ship's remains.
Shifting sands on Florida's Crescent Beach revealed the wreckage of a sailing vessel that crashed some 200 years ago.

Beachgoers spotted timber and metal spikes poking from the sand and after a closer look, they realized it was more than just discarded trash.

Archaeologists say the wreckage is from a 19th century cargo ship that was built by either Americans, Canadians or British settlers because the wood was cut in feet and inches.

The wood shows indications of a fire, which the team believes could have been ignited by the crew to salvage pieces of the ship.

The wooden keelson and ceiling planking are partially exposed, but experts say more of the ship is still buried – they plan to conduct a full excavation in the coming days.

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Shifting sands on Florida's Crescent Beach revealed the wreckage of a sailing vessel that crashed some 200 years ago

Crescent Beach is located on the eastern side of Florida, just outside of St. Augustine, and is home to residents who regularly visit the sandy shoreline.

Mark O'Donoghue is one of this individuals and he and his wife noticed wood and metal spikes exposed in the sand while taking a stroll along the shore, First Coast News reports.

O'Donoghue notified the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, who determined it was the remains of a 200-year-old ship.

Nick Budsberg, with the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, said they are not sure how the ship met its demise, but suggests the crew may have came ashore during a storm and the boat shortly after.

Archaeologists say the wreckage is from a 19th century cargo ship that was built…
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