PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – A ship dating back to the 18th Century washed up on Ponte Verde Beach, Florida on Tuesday.
In a very rare occurrence, the sailing ship’s 48-foot-long hull survived centuries of being on the sea floor and the breaking waves to arrive on the beach intact.
St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum researcher received permission from the State of Florida to move the ship above the tide line. However, attempts to move the ship on Thursday were unsuccessful. So researchers instead anchored the maritime artifact to prevent the remains from being washed out to sea again.
According to the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, the wreckage could date back as far as the 1700’s.
Researchers told the Florida Times-Union that the ship’s hull was once sheeted in copper. Roman numerals were also discovered carved on the hull’s wooden ribs.
Photo and video credit: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum via Facebook.