Christopher Columbus' lost ship may have been found
A replica of the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus’ cargo ship on his 1492 expedition.
It’s the biggest discovery since 1492!
A world-renowned explorer believes he’s found Christopher Columbus’ long-lost cargo ship, the Santa Maria, which was wrecked in a storm more than 500 years ago.
An expedition funded by the History Channel tracked down what it says is the skeletal remains of the ship, which foundered in the Caribbean in 1492.
At the time, Columbus and his crew managed to salvage the ship’s usable timber to build a fort nearby.
For centuries, the fort’s whereabouts remained a mystery, but archaeologists tracked down its likely location in 2003.
Explorer Barry Clifford used that data and info from Columbus’ journals to locate the wreck of the ship, the Independent newspaper reported.
Clifford’s mission to find the Santa Maria was the subject of a 2004 Discovery Channel documentary “Quest for Columbus.”
His team photographed the wreck back in 2003, and those pictures, along with data from computers and other recent dives, have convinced Clifford it’s the long-lost ship.
“I am confident that a full excavation of the wreck will yield the first-ever detailed marine archaeological evidence of Columbus’ discovery of America,” Clifford told the Independent.
“All the geographical underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus’ famous flagship.”
The largest of Columbus’ three ships on the expedition, the Santa Maria ran aground on Christmas Day 1492 off the coast of what is now Haiti.
A world-renowned explorer believes he has found the long-lost cargo ship of Christopher Columbus (pictured).
The much smaller Nina and Pinta managed to find their way back to the Old World. Their whereabouts are unknown.
Clifford said he’s been working with the Haitian government to preserve the wreck. He said one of the ship’s cannons was apparently looted over the past decade.
“Ideally, if excavations go well, and depending on the state of preservation of any buried timber, it may ultimately be possible to lift any surviving remains of the vessel, fully conserve them and then put them on permanent public exhibition in a museum in Haiti,” Clifford said.
A rep for the History Channel said the network is helping to fund the project and has obtained exclusive television rights to produce programming on the discovery.