18th century shipwreck found in Nanticoke River


A State Highway Administration repair crew working on the U.S. 50 bridge over Nanticoke River recently found the remains of a ship from the 18th century. They were removing debris from under the bridge when they found some wood which was identified by archaeologists as ship timbers. The wreck, which included an intact keel, frames, and other parts, was taken to the Maryland Archaeology Conservation Laboratory in Calvert County. The archaeologists say the ship was constructed primarily out of oak from trees along the coast line of the central Chesapeake Bay. It was a merchant vessel, around 45 feet in length. If the 18th century date is correct, it is one of the oldest Maryland-built shipwrecks discovered yet.


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