Tinged green by age, copper sheathing from the disintegrated wooden hull of a newfound shipwreck sits deep in the Gulf of Mexico, where the craft sank as far back as 200 years ago. Despite clues found in surrounding artifacts—muskets, beer bottles, an anchor—the ship’s exact age, origin, and purpose remain unknown.
A Venus flytrap anemone brings a pop of color to a murky pile of muskets found at the wreck site, roughly 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) down. The guns were probably once in a crate aboard the 19th-century ship.
Now coated with sediment, ceramic plates and glassware hint at livelier days before the ship went down. The bottles would have held gin, stout, ale, porter, and wine. The plates were “likely creamware”—bone-colored pottery that was “a popular British export” in the early 19th century…. Read more.