Could this shipwreck be Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria?


It’s a mystery over 500 years in the making. We’ve all heard the poetic phrase, “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” He traveled with three ships, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. The third may have finally been found on the ocean floor off the coast of Haiti. If the discovery is confirmed, it could be a major archeological event.

Barry Clifford is an ocean explorer especially known for his discovery of the pirate shipwreck Wydah. He has been on the hunt for the Santa Maria for years. The shipwreck he believes to be that long-lost vessel was actually first found and photographed back in 2003. A fresh look at the photos and the site led Clifford to the new conclusion.

Clifford has quite a few reasons to believe he’s found the right ship. Columbus left details in his diary about the location of the sinking, which happened near Haiti on Christmas Day in 1492. That description matches the shipwreck’s whereabouts. The size of the shipwreck is also consistent with the dimensions of the Santa Maria. A cannon discovered with the wreck in 2003 was recently reevaluated and identified as matching one that would have been on board. Unfortunately, that cannon was plundering from the site in the intervening years. The photographic evidence is all that remains.

One reason why the ship was not identified as possibly being the Santa Maria back in 2003 has to do with the cannon. Clifford told CNN the weapon was originally “misdiagnosed” by archeologists at the time. Further research led him to an epiphany that the cannon could indeed be correct for the Santa Maria.

Could this shipwreck be Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria? – CNET.

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Posted on May 13, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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