Centuries-old shipwreck discovered in Atlantic Ocean

Sextant - A sextant is a navigation tool that relies on mirrors to measure the angle between objects, according to PBS NOVA Online. (Photo Credit: WHOI)

(WLNS) – Scientists have discovered a shipwreck along the Gulf Stream in North Carolina, which they believe dates back to the 18th or 19th century.

The shipwreck was discovered while scientists were searching for mooring from a 2012 trip. (Mooring is the anchor, ropes or cables used to hold a boat or ship in place.)

Following the find of a dark line and fuzzy dark area that came up on a sonar scan, scientists dove more than a mile into the Atlantic Ocean. The dive was made inside the manned submersible Alvin, which is an underwater vehicle.

Near the shipwreck scientists found nine glass bottles, red bricks, an unglazed ceramic jar, a metal compass, parts of an iron chain and a wooden sextant, which was a navigational tool.

Duke University says the Gulf Stream is a “warm current known by mariners who have used the route for centuries to travel to North American ports, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and South America.” Due to the common travel path, shipwrecks are not so uncommon along the route.

Photo Gallery: Gulf Stream Shipwreck

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