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    Shipwreck Off Haiti Coast Could be Columbus's Santa Maria



    A shipwreck found off the north coast of Haiti could be the 500-year-old remains of the Santa Maria, which led Christopher Columbus's famed voyage to the New World, according to a team of marine explorers.

    "All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus' famous flagship, the Santa Maria," Massachusetts marine investigator Barry Clifford said in a press release on Tuesday.

    "I am confident that a full excavation of the wreck will yield the first-ever detailed marine archaeological evidence of Columbus' discovery of America," he added.

    Clifford, who led a reconnaissance expedition to the site, will hold a press conference Wednesday morning at the Explorer's Club in New York City to announce the discovery.

    The Santa Maria was one of a fleet of three vessels that departed Spain in 1492 looking for a shorter route to Asia. The ship, after arriving near the Bahamas, drifted into a reef and had to be abandoned. Columbus ordered sailors to build a fort nearby before taking the remaining two ships back to Spain to report his findings.

    Clifford and his team first discovered the wreck in 2003, but were unable to identify the ship. Yet the discovery of Columbus's encampment on nearby Haiti and data from the explorer's diary appear to prove the heavily decayed vessel on the sea floor was the Santa Maria.

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    He left 39 crew behind and they built a small fort from the timbers of the ship. When he returned a year later there was no trace of the crew or the fort.
    An interesting tale and quite a mystery.

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    Yep, a very interesting find and if it is in fact the Santa Maria.

    Looking forward to reading more Misskit.

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    The Santa María was built in Castro-Urdiales, Cantabria, in Spain's northeast region. The Santa María was probably a medium-sized nau (carrack), about 58 ft (17.7 m) long on deck, and according to Juan Escalante de Mendoza in 1575, the Santa Maria was "very little larger than 100 toneladas" (about 100 tons, or tuns) burthen, or burden,[1][2][3] and was used as the flagship for the expedition. The Santa María had a single deck and three masts.
    With three masts, she was the slowest of Columbus' vessels but performed well in the Atlantic crossing. After engaging in festivities and drinking, Columbus ordered the crew to continue sailing to Cuba late into the night. One by one the crew members fell asleep until only a cabin boy was steering the ship, causing it to run aground off the present-day site of Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, on 24 December 1492, sinking the next day.[7][8] Realizing that the ship was beyond repair, Columbus ordered his men to strip the timbers from the ship. The timbers were later used to build a fort which Columbus called La Navidad (Christmas) because the wreck occurred on Christmas Day, north from the modern town of Limonade[9][10] (see map, and the photograph).

    The anchor of the Santa María now rests in the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien (MUPANAH), in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Mar%C3%ADa_(ship)
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    ^Thanks. Quite a find, if it's really it and anything can be recovered. Fascinating stuff - good find, Kit.

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