(hamptonroads.com) – Centuries-old shipwreck discovered off N.C. coast

Marine scientists discovered a centuries-old shipwreck off the North Carolina coast on July 12, 2015. (Duke University)

By Katherine Hafner
The Virginian-Pilot
© July 17, 2015

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown centuries-old shipwreck off the North Carolina Coast.

Marine researchers from Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon found the wreck while on a research expedition July 12.

Artifacts onboard suggest the ship could be as old as the American Revolution, according to Duke University.

Such artifacts include an iron chain, red bricks possibly from the cook’s hearth, glass bottles, a metal compass, a pile of wooden ship timbers and a navigational instrument.

“This is an exciting find, and a vivid reminder that even with major advances in our ability to access and explore the ocean, the deep sea holds its secrets close,” expedition leader Cindy Van Dover said on Duke’s website.

The ship was found more than a mile deep off the coast.

The wreck has been handed off to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to date and identify.

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