18th century ship discovered during construction

Hotel constructions in Old Town Alexandria unearthed a large, heavy ship, scuttled between 1775 and 1798. The find is currently being dug out. Maritime archaeologists joined the crew at the site to help dismantle the vessel, timber by timber, looking for artefacts and markings that could identify it and show where it sailed and what it carried. Digging by hand, archaeology crews uncovered a nearly 50-foot-long remnant of keel, frame, stern and flooring, estimated to be about one-third of the original hull. The ship was built to carry heavy cargo or was used as a military ship.

Uncovered remains of boats (by Stars and Stripes)
Uncovered remains of the ship (by Stars and Stripes)

(after Stars and Stripes)

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