A wrecked ship believed to be from the Revolutionary War Era, was found about a mile below the ocean's surface.
Its presence was detected by the research craft's automated underwater vessel.
Sonar shows a number of artifacts still survive, including a glass bottle, a jug made of unglazed pottery, and a pile of bricks.
Navigational equipment also appears to have weathered the water's movements over the centuries.
Preliminary dating places the objects as hailing from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a time when the United States was just beginning to become involved in international trade.
The ship was possibly downed by one of the many storms that battered the region.
Cindy Van Dover, the director of Duke University's Marine Laboratory, says, "This is an exciting find, and a vivid reminder that even with major advances in our ability to access and explore the ocean, the deep sea holds its secrets close."
The discovery has been reported to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Heritage Program, which will work to definitively identify and date the find.
See photos from the search for the Griffin which sunk in the 1600's in Lake Michigan:
Shipwreck believed to be from revolutionary war era found near North Carolina
FILE - In this June 15, 2013, file photo, explorer Steve Libert speaks on a fishing boat as dive teams prepare to inspect a site in northern Lake Michigan. A debris field at the bottom of Lake Michigan may be the remains of the long-lost Griffin, a vessel commanded by a 17th-century French explorer, said a shipwreck hunter who has sought the wreckage for decades. Libert told The Associated Press that his crew found the debris this month about 120 feet (36 meters) from the spot where they removed a wooden slab a year ago that was protruding from the lake bottom. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File)
In this June 16, 2013 file photo provided by Great Lakes Exploration Group, diver Jim Nowka of Great Lakes Exploration Group inspects a wooden beam extending from the floor of Lake Michigan that experts believe may be part of the Griffin, a ship that sank in 1679. The timber has been examined by U.S. and French experts and underwent a hospital CT scan and carbon dating to determine its age and whether it once was part of a vessel. Nearly a year later, reports obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with key players reveal sharp divisions over whether the elusive ship has been found. (AP Photo/Great Lakes Exploration Group, David J. Ruck, File)
Members of the Great Lakes Exploration Group carry a nearly 400-pound wooden slab into the radiology section of Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord, Mich., Saturday Aug. 24, 2013, for a CT scan to create images of tree rings from its interior. The group hopes the scan can date the timber and help determine whether it came from a ship called the Griffin that disappeared in Lake Michigan in 1679. (AP Photo/John Flesher)
Steve Libert of Great Lakes Exploration Group standing beside a nearly 20-foot-long timber slab as it gets a CT scan at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord, Mich., Saturday Aug. 24, 2013. The scan was taken in hopes of dating the timber and helping determine whether it is part of the Griffin, a ship that disappeared on Lake Michigan in 1679. (AP Photo/John Flesher)
In this photo taken Aug. 24, 2013, Steve Libert of Great Lakes Exploration Group points to a timber slab that received a CT scan at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord, Mich. The scan produced images of interior tree rings that may help date the timber and determine whether it came from the Griffin, a ship that disappeared on Lake Michigan in 1679. (AP Photo/John Flesher)
In this Saturday, June 15, 2013 file photo provided by Great Lakes Exploration Group, French underwater archaeologist Olivia Hulot jots notes while inspecting a timber jutting from the bottom of northern Lake Michigan that experts believe could be part of the long-lost ship the Griffin. A wooden beam that has long been the focus of the search for a 17th century shipwreck in northern Lake Michigan was not attached to a buried vessel as searchers had suspected, but still may have come from the elusive Griffin or some other ship, archaeologists said Wednesday, June 19, 2013 (AP Photo/Great Lakes Exploration Group, Chris Doyal, File)
FILE - In this October 2012 file image from video provided by David J. Ruck timbers protrude from the bottom of Lake Michigan that were discovered by Steve Libert, head of Great Lakes Exploration Group, in 2001. Libert thinks the beam could be the bowsprit from the Griffin, a long-lost ship commanded by legendary French explorer La Salle, which he has sought for 30 years. Five months after a dive team searched Lake Michigan for a 17th century shipwreck, it's still uncertain whether a wooden slab they removed from the lake bottom was part of the legendary Griffin. (AP Photo/David J. Ruck,File) MANDATORY CREDIT
Michel LâHour, left, director of Franceâs Department of Underwater Archaeological Research, talks with colleague Olivia Hulot before diving to the site of what may be the fabled Griffin shipwreck, Saturday, June 15, 2013 in northern Lake Michigan. (AP Photo/John Flesher)
In this October 2012 image from video provided by David J. Ruck diver Tom Kucharsky passes timbers protruding from the bottom of Lake Michigan that were discovered by Steve Libert, head of Great Lakes Exploration Group, in 2001. On Saturday, June 15, 2013, Libert will lead a diving expedition to an underwater site in northern Lake Michigan, where archaeologists and technicians will try to determine whether the timbers and other items beneath layers of sediment are what remain of 17th Century French explorer La Salle's legendary Griffin. (AP Photo/David J. Ruck ) MANDATORY CREDIT
Map locates the search for a 17th century, French ship
File - In this June 15, 2013 file photo is explorer Steve Libert on a fishing boat as dive teams prepare to inspect a site in northern Lake Michigan. Libert, who has searched 30 years for the French explorer La Salleâs lost ship the Griffin, hauled a nearly 400-pound beam ashore in June. On Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, Libert's crew will take the massive timber to the radiology section of a Gaylord, Mich., hospital for a CT scan hoping to determining the age of the tree that produced it and when it was cut down. The images will be sent to a Cornell University tree expert. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File)