Connecticut shipwreck

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Archaeologists have found evidence of a shipwreck in the Connecticut River in the USA which could be linked to the 200 year old War of 1812.

Experts are trying to determine if the wreck is the long lost privateer, Young Anaconda, which was captured by the British and later sunk after being set ablaze.

During the War of 1812, the British set fire to 200 ships in Essex Harbour – the largest maritime loss experienced during the war.

The wreck lies in shallow water off Watrous Point, a mile south of the harbour and was covered by a ballast pile on discovery – a mound of stones that were once contained in the ship’s hold for stability.

Archaeologists from the University of Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot Research Centre spent time removing the stones to get to the hull beneath and they found fragments of charred wood and a rusty nail which were taken away for further investigation.

The team plans to return with a suction dredge to remove more mud and debris believed to be covering up the ship’s timbers.

The project is funded by a grant to the Connecticut in Essex by the Battlefield Protection Program of the National Parks Service. 

It aims to get the area of the river between Essex and Saybrook Point designated as a battle site on the National Register of Historic Places.