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What an amazing sight this must have been.
A 48-foot hull of an extremely well-preserved 18th-century vessel dubbed by historians the ‘Holy Grail Of Shipwrecks’ has washed ashore in Florida, bearing copper tracks and various Roman numeral etchings still intact, leaving residents of Ponte Vedra Beach surprised.
The remains of the shipwreck were found by Julie Turner and her son Patrick after a walk on the beach.
Little did they know that what they had just seen wash ashore was the shipwreck of a centuries-old Vessel, whose remains are dubbed the ‘holy grail’ of shipwrecks.
Not much time passed by until maritime experts and historians flooded the beach, snapping pictures and trying to find out as much as possible about the shipwreck.
As noted by maritime experts, its very likely that the wreck may have laid under sand for decades, and it only washed ashore recently due to storm activity.
The owner of a Spanish antique store, Marc Anthony, who happens to be a self-proclaimed treasure hunter told Action News Jax that the shipwreck most likely dates back to the eighteenth century.
In an interview with CBS47, he said “to actually see this survive and come ashore. This is very, very rare. This is the holy grail of shipwrecks.”
A closer look at the shipwreck revealed copper-covered tack heads, which, according to experts, is evidence that the entire vessel was once sheathed in copper. In addition to the copper-covered tack heads, wooden pegs and nails were visible on the aged wooden beams as well.
More importantly, it is revealed that the shipwreck also features Roman numerals carved onto the ribs of the ship which were surprisingly well preserved.
Mrs. Turner, who found the shipwreck with her son said that she immediately knew, they had encountered an ancient relic.
“We walked and checked it out and immediately knew it was a historical piece of artifact,” she said. “When I looked out the window, it was immediately a ship,” her son Patrick added.
It’s an amazing discovery of incalculable historic value. In addition to the shipwreck parts of the wreckage washed ashore not far from where the shipwreck was found.
“Taking lots of notes, doing drawings, mapping it out. There are so many details that go into trying to assess the date, where it came from,” Tonya Creamer of St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum said.
Now, everything is in the hands of the state to decide what will happen with the shipwreck.
“This is state land, state beach area, so we just share our knowledge and our information, what we’re documenting right now, with officials and its up to them what to do next,” said Tonya Creamer.
Source: Action News Jax