GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Marine archaeologists are excited by the discovery of what may be a 200-year-old well-preserved shipwreck in about 4,300 feet of water some 170 miles off the coast of Galveston.
Researchers led by a team from Texas State University in San Marcos are calling it the deepest shipwreck archaeologists have systematically investigated in the Gulf of Mexico and in North America.
They also described the remains as "tantalizing" because of the degree of preservation.
A Shell Oil Co. survey crew detected the remains in 2011.
The depth of the shipwreck prevents divers from exploring it, so researchers this week have been using remote-controlled, undersea vehicles to examine it. They've recovered items like ceramics and bottles and an octant, a navigational tool. Other items spotted include muskets, swords, cannons and clothing.