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Antigua’s English Harbor Reveals Historic Shipwreck

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Local Antiguan diver Maurice Belgrave had been diving for 31 years before he stumbled across the 250-year-old remains of a wooden shipwreck in the waters of Antigua's Naval Dockyard, where historic anchors, cannons, and capstans are on display. During his work as a commercial diver, Belgrave has often discovered 18th Century clay tobacco pipes and cannonballs in the sediment that makes up the seabed.

In 2013, during routine work cleaning an anchor chain, he first encountered the remarkably well-preserved remnants of the historic vessel, but it was only this past June that a team of visiting archaeologists confirmed the identity of the 130-foot-long wooden sailing ship....

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