03/17/11

Corolla Shipwreck Treasure

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras houses the shipwreck washed on the Corolla shore in December of 2009 that experts believe to be possibly the oldest shipwreck on the East Coast. According to Joseph Schwarzer, the director of the North Carolina Maritime Museums, this shipwreck is definitely the oldest shipwreck for North Carolina.

The treasure hunter Ray Midgett and his friend Rodger Harris started investigating the mystery of this shipwreck about 10 years ago without believing they would ever see it. After the shipwreck revealed itself ashore, Midgett and Harris found a Louis the XIII French Coin on the timber of the ship, a priceless treasure to them.

This 17th century ship sunk about 400 years ago. Schwarzer noted that the ship was made with wooden pegs or trunnels, which is an ancient technique of ship building. The archeological conservators are working hard to try and preserve the ship from further decay. This is surely a North Carolina treasure that is worth a visit!

Click here for the complete story “Ancient shipwreck unearths treasure” by WAVY.

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