Researchers probe 200-year-old shipwreck found off the coast of Texas

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GALVESTON, TX — Scientists and biologists are getting a close up look at a 200-year-old sunken ship discovered off the coast of Galveston, Texas.

The vessel was originally located by Shell Oil during a survey, but now it is in the hands of scientists who are collecting artifacts and attempting to weave a story about the ship’s origin and mission.

Some of the findings include several canons, a telescope, a book and medicine bottles believed to be filled with ginger.

“A lot of people are asking us what’s the ship, what’s the date, what’s the nationality, and the answer is we don’t know yet,” said Tom Oertling, an archeologist with Texas A&M Galveston.

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