198-Year-Old Ship Found
A Florida-based salvage company says to have found the wreck of a 198-year-old Swedish merchant vessel off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
Blue Hole Expedition is asking a federal judge to declare them as the owners of the Swedish ship Briggen Hialmar, built in 1812. The wreck was said to be found about 600 miles off St. Johns, Newfoundland in international waters. The sunken ship is located more than 16,000 feet below the surface. There is no estimate of the shipwreck's value yet.
Court documents have shown that the company has salvaged the ship's bell, some personal items, and a copper pot using a remote operated vehicle.
Blue Hole was given temporary custody of the ship and its contents by a federal judge on Tuesday. A final decision will come later.
Posted on August 19, 2010 by Shane Alan Andersen