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Fragment of Nineteenth-Century Ship Found on Cumberland Island

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA—A large fragment from the midsection of a nineteenth-century ship has been found on a beach at Cumberland Island, which is located off the coast of Georgia. The ship had been held together with wooden pegs, and some of its wooden siding remains. National Park Service archaeologist Michael Steiber has been working on identifying the wreckage. He thinks the ship may have been delivering supplies to a Southern plantation, or it may have been a Civil War blockade runner. “This has been a high-traffic area ever since the Spanish and the British started colonizing. There are a lot of possibilities,” he said. The wreckage has been reburied in order to protect it.