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Columbus' ship believed found, but already looted

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 01:45

May 14 - An archaeological investigator believes his team has found Christopher Columbus' flagship, but the believes the ship's site has already been looted. Nathan Frandino reports.

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About 10 to 15 feet underwater, explorers believe they've made a historic discovery. Off the northern coast of Haiti, the remains of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria. In an expedition backed by and to be aired exclusively on the History Channel, marine investigator Barry Clifford discovered the ship in 2003, but was unable to identify it until now. At the famed Explorer's Club in New York, Clifford is using Columbus' diary to lay out the evidence. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARCHEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATOR BARRY CLIFFORD SAYING: "But in dissecting this book and understanding the Diario [diary of Christopher Columbus] is what enabled us to find what we have good reason to believe is the Santa Maria." Clifford says the distance of the wreckage from a fort in Haiti matches the description Columbus detailed in his diary. The Santa Maria was one of three vessels that left Spain in 1492. Among the artifacts found was a 15th century cannon. Clifford believes more artifacts have been stolen. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARCHEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATOR BARRY CLIFFORD SAYING: "All of the 15th century ordinance, the wheels, the gun carriage, the rudder mechanism, all of spikes that were down between [the stones], because when the ship gets eaten away by an organism, all of the spikes that are holding the timbers together fall down, and they fall down into the stones. And because that place doesn't get covered over in coral, all of this falls down into stones. So, there's a lesson there." Clifford is seeking approval from Haiti to start excavating the remains before any more items are looted.

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Columbus' ship believed found, but already looted

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 01:45