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article image19th Century shipwreck found on Prince Edward Island beach

By Leigh Goessl     Jul 25, 2013 in World
Georgetown - Excavation efforts have begun after the remains of a shipwreck were found along an eastern Prince Edward Island beach. It is believed to be a 19th Century ship.
In July 2013, a Georgetown couple had been walking along the shoreline near Poxy Island, outside of Georgetown, when they came upon a ship, according to CBC News. Most of the ship was buried.
Ironically, it was a place where the man grew up and had been "camping and beaching on top of it" for about 50 years, reported The Guardian. The couple also routinely walk this path.
“I just can’t believe that this is the exact same spot that I’ve been camping and beaching on since I was a kid. We’d always come here to get clams and swim," Steve MacLean told The Guardian.
Dr. Helen Kristmanson, Director of Aboriginal Affairs and Archaeology of P.E.I., has looked at the ship and sent off some photos to another expert, Marvin Moore, who specializes in Maritime ships.
"He's seen a lot of these ships. Based on the photographs, he gave a very preliminary interpretation of the wreck as a 19th century vessel," said Kristmanson, according to CBC News.
Kristmanson described the ship as being flat on the ground, having collapsed, but "intact." The archeologist believes the ship may have been built on Prince Edward Island.
Experts plan to do some carbon testing and see if they can learn additional information. There is concern, however, since word of the find got out that the site has been become a tourist attraction. Kristmanson noted the wreck site has changed with onlookers touching or taking pieces. This could hurt chances of learning more about the ship's history.
Excavations are currently underway, the team began unearthing the ship on Monday, according to media reports.
On Jan. 2, 2010, a storm raised another shipwreck on P.E.I. According to this earlier CBC report, historians estimate there are hundreds (800) of shipwrecks buried on P.E.I.'s shores.
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