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Christopher Columbus' ship may have been found off the coast of Haiti

Christopher Columbus' Ship May Have Been Found Off The Coast Of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- An underwater explorer said Tuesday that he may have found the long-sought wreckage of one of Christopher Columbus' original ships off northern Haiti, but the find is far from confirmed.

Barry Clifford said evidence, including what appears to be a 15th century cannon and ballast stones that look like they came from Spain or Portugal, suggests that what remains of the Santa Maria is in relatively shallow waters at a site he declined to disclose for security reasons.

"The circumstantial evidence is overwhelming," Clifford said in a phone interview from his home in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

He said that he and his son, Brandon, first explored the site and took photos in 2003. They decided to publicize their findings after a follow-up dive and examination of the photos led them to conclude they may have found the Santa Maria, which ran aground in December 1492 during Columbus' initial voyage. The cannon that they saw in 2003 was gone when they returned to the dive site last week.

Clifford, known for discovering a pirate ship off Cape Cod in 1984, said he has met with Haitian government officials to preserve the site so a full archaeological exploration can be conducted.

There are reasons to be skeptical that this is indeed the Santa Maria, said Kevin Crisman, director of the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation at Texas A&M University.

Crisman said many Spanish ships sunk off Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic, and it will be difficult to confirm that this is the Santa Maria. The ship sank slowly in 1492 and the crew had time to remove valuable items, such as a cannon that would help document the identity of the vessel.

"If whoever finds the Santa Maria can confirm that it's the Santa Maria, that's kind of like the Holy Grail," Crisman said. "It would be very exciting but I remain skeptical because people make claims all the time."

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giyank1 May 14 2014 at 7:52 AM

Didn't Bush discover America?

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cvanac8550 May 13 2014 at 6:05 PM

I think the most "significant " find in underwater "history " was the.. Nuestra Señora de Atocha....it's always about the money...........................

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goodmansbooks May 13 2014 at 6:05 PM

So, there is hope for finding the missing Maylasian jet after all....just might take a "few" years.

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dccb3 May 13 2014 at 5:30 PM

columbus murdered, enslaved, raped and brought deadly diseases to the people he called "indians."

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Buckingham's May 13 2014 at 5:17 PM

I'd be more impressed if they found the U.S.S. Indianapolis.

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Jim May 13 2014 at 6:32 PM

I guess its too much to ask to have AOL actually post one of the pictures that the diver took in 2003. Lazy reporting.

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Erik Baran Jim May 14 2014 at 1:59 AM

You know the wreckers provided AOL with the pictures?

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smprfitom May 13 2014 at 4:27 PM

Who cares....under the new history, B. O'bama discovered the new world in 1957 pink Lincoln continental. Just ask H-Post, they'll tell you how it was & is!

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prosymom smprfitom May 13 2014 at 5:32 PM

All you do with these comments is prove to the world how truly stupid you can be.

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bzzzbayte May 13 2014 at 4:24 PM


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Vimala Nowlis bzzzbayte May 13 2014 at 4:46 PM

Columbus? He didn't know where he was going. When he got there, he didn't know where he was. After he returned home, he didn't know where he had been. In the MBA world, a "Columbus Award" meand the folly of mismanagement.

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Garland bzzzbayte May 13 2014 at 5:11 PM

actually the egyptains where here long before columbus. question is who discovered england? or Russia?

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bzzzbayte May 13 2014 at 4:22 PM


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sailboats18 May 13 2014 at 4:04 PM

When the Santa Maia ran aground, the sailors and Native Americans worked together
to salvage what they could. Many of the timbers from the ship were used to make Fort
Navidad. Thus if any remains of the ship are fond will be a spectacular find.

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