The remains of a mysterious shipwreck they have been identified by British archaeologists. The wrecked ship has remained hidden in the depths of the Solent Strait (United Kingdom) during 160 years. In 2003, some fishermen discovered the marine site, but have not been able to name the boat until the intervention of the archaeologists of the “Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archeology”.
According to experts, it is the “Flower of ugie", a 19th century wooden boat what sank in the Solent Strait on December 27, 1852 because of a big storm. The ship was a three-masted sailboat and was built in Sunderland (United Kingdom) in 1838. During his career, he made regular trips around Africa, India, and the Far East. Later it was used in the Mediterranean, the Baltic and the other side of the Atlantic as cargo transport to the United States and Canada.
The "Flower of ugie” encountered on the night of December 26, 1852, a huge storm off Portland. His mission was to transport coal from Sunderland to Cartagena (Spain). But the fierce weather, which hit the entire south coast of the UK that night, capsized the ship in such a way that the crew was forced to cut two masts. In the early hours of the next day, the “Flower of ugieHe sought refuge in the Solent Strait. But nevertheless, it was not enough to save the ship, which sank a few hours later.
Archaeologists already examined the site between 2004 and 2008, but they were not able to conclusively identify the ship, as it lay split in two, 12 meters deep. With funding from the Aggregate Levy Marine Sustainability Fund it was possible to carry out further investigation of the area and identify the vessel.
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