Part of an old sailing ship believed to be from the 18th century washed ashore on Ponte Vedra beach in Florida overnight on Tuesday, local officials said.
Early Wednesday morning, Julie Turner and her 8-year-old son came across the ship, CBS47 reported. The two first thought it was a part of fence, but realized shortly after it was “a historical piece of artifact,” Turner told the news station. It was later determined to be a well-preserved section of a wooden ship’s hull.
“To actually see this survive and come ashore. This is very, very rare. This is the holy grail of shipwrecks,” Marc Anthony, the owner of Spanish Main Antiques in St. Augustine, told CBS47.
Anthony, who has spent more than 20 years searching for shipwreck artifacts and treasure coins, among other historical items, said the wreckage appeared to be from the 18th century.
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