Mary Tutwiler

200-year-old shipwreck discovered in Gulf

by Mary Tutwiler

There may be pirates, arrrrrggghhh. That’s the word on a shipwreck discovered about 35 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The two-masted, 60-foot-long schooner went down in 4,000 feet of water, some time between 1810 and 1820, according to the Times Picayune. Artifacts recovered include a telescope, pottery, French bottles, swords, English mustard jars, hourglasses, a cast-iron stove, a Scottish cannon, and a coin marked 1810.

The coin dates the ship to the time of the War of 1812, the cannon and cannon balls suggest a warship, and the lack of records about the ship going down indicate a ship that operated under the radar, ie a privateer. Artifacts are headed to the Louisiana State Museum where they will eventually be displayed, once archeologists figure out the mystery of the ship. Read about the discovery here.