Shipwreck found off Haiti Coast may be Christopher Columbus' flagship Santa Maria
An underwater explorer claims the sunken shipwreck he found off Haiti is in fact the long lost remains of the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus' flagship from his first voyage to the Americas... This could be the biggest find in shipwreck history...
Columbus Flagship Santa Maria - Shipwreck found in Haiti
The underwater explorer Barry Clifford CNN late Monday that he found the ship in the exact area where Columbus says the Santa Maria ran aground more than 500 years ago. The wreck is stuck on a reef off Haiti's northern coast, 10 to 15 feet beneath the water's surface.
According the a CNN article, If his claim is confirmed, it would go down as one of the most significant underwater archaeological discoveries in history.
This is BIG news for Haiti, for Barry Clifford and for archeology and Clifford is the first to admit it...
"It is the Mount Everest of shipwrecks for me," Clifford said. "This ship changed the course of human history."
What do you think about this?
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Haitian Prime Minister Lamothe tweets: "Yesterday, my staff spoke directly with explorer Barry Clifford and he said this find is for the Haitian people."
Barry Clifford is the under water explorer who discovered the Shipwreck off Haiti Coast that he claims may be Christopher Columbus' flagship Santa
Before you get all excited, you should know that The Santa Maria was a Spanish merchant ship hired by Christopher Columbus as part of his three-ship fleet for his expedition to the New World.
Columbus made his transatlantic voyages under the sponsorship of Ferdinand II and Isabella I, the Catholic Monarchs of Aragon, Castile, and Leon in Spain.
Having said that, you should also know that Spain will probably claim any riches that might be found on that sunken ship.
Great news for Haiti, more people will want to go visit.
Therefore more wealth for the country, God know we need it. Let's pray they hire many Haitians to work on the
Barry Clifford who found the remains of the Santa Maria in Haiti says: "If excavations go well, it may ultimately be possible to lift any surviving remains of the vessel, fully conserve them and put them on display in a museum in Haiti."
"I am confident that a full excavation of the wreck will yield the first ever detailed marine archaeological evidence of Coumbus's discovery of America."
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