Scientists from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) They have discovered a shipwreck from the 19th century under the watchful eye of 2,000 people. Using submersibles equipped with remote control, they have been discovering the remains of the ship and transmitting it through the Internet.
The wooden hull was rotten but the HD cameras They have captured spectacular images of the copper cladding that had. The shots have also revealed the presence of the anchor and a large number of objects, including cannons, muskets, glass bottle cases, pottery and the strange fires in the kitchen.
However, the ship name has not been discovered yet. But the ceramic plates with a green pattern around the edges they were very popular between the 1800s and 1830swhile the copper cladding suggests that the ship dates back to the first half of the 19th century. The presence of muskets and cannons indicates that the ship was involved in war activities.
The spectacularity of the images occurs because the objects are scattered on the ocean floor, making them visible to researchers. The wreck site is more than 1 kilometer deep 200 miles off the US coast of the Gulf of mexico and the mouth of the Mississippi River. This facilitates the work of the experts when analyzing the place and the function of the ship, since they have a very clear and isolated image of the ship.
The area it is in has not been thoroughly explored. It was by chance when in 2011 the Shell company found the place while searching for oil sources and reported it to the US Department of the Interior Office of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
The mission is carried out by the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer. Through the use of a multibeam sonar and a remotely controlled submersible called "Little hercules", the scientists explored the Gulf of Mexico for four potential shipwrecks in the area. “Little Hercules” has made a total of 29 dives, in which he has recorded a wide variety of aquatic life and has recorded the different shipwrecks until he reached the last and most important of the four.
The BOEM must decide in the next few days whether will grant Shell permission to exploit the seabed for oil and gas. Its decision will be based on the safety of the possible remains that may be found in the area of the shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico.
Passionate about History, he has a degree in Journalism and Audiovisual Communication. Since he was little he loved history and ended up exploring the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries above all.