"Holy grail of shipwrecks": Centuries-old sailing ship found on Florida beach

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According to local news outlet Florida Times-Union, Julie Turner quickly notified local authorities after her son excitedly declared that the odd sighting was actually part of an old ship.

Archaeologists with the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, along with other organizations, have been investigating the wreckage and suspect that it is a well-preserved section of a wooden ship's hull, Creamer said. - A 48-foot section of an old sailing ship has washed ashore on a Florida beach, thrilling researchers who are rushing to study it before it's reclaimed by the sea.

"They've been so fantastic - they've been watching it all unfold", Creamer said of Turner and her son.

A well-preserved shipwreck that dates back to over 200 years ago washed ashore on a Florida beach on Tuesday night.

As to why remnants of the long-abandoned ship have just recently appeared, the museum's researchers speculate that the wreck was initially buried in a near-shore sandbar, where it was buffeted by years of wave action.

Earlier this week, an 18th Century ship happened to wash up on Ponte Verde Beach.

Marc Anthony owns a treasure shop in St. Augustine, and said he couldn't believe what washed ashore. This is very, very rare. "This is the holy grail of shipwrecks", Anthony said. Two beachgoers discovered the remains of the 18th-century shipwreck early Wednesday morning, and researchers are now working to create a three-dimensional model of what the ship would have looked like in "its original form", according to the Daily Mail on Thursday.

A team of archaeologists examined the wreckage after the discovery, as requested by Guana State Park, and will determine its country of origin and age.

According to the Florida Times-Union out of Jacksonville, the hull of the shipwreck, which measures almost 50-foot-long, could date as far back as the late 1700s. He said it's most likely a merchant ship, but could've come from anywhere.

"We want the public to come take pictures, see it and talk about it because sometimes archaeology is done in areas that people can't see", she said.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News.

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