Researchers discover Alaskan shipwreck from 1813

Alaskan Shipwreck Discovered

Imagine being shipwrecked in Alaska in the middle of winter at a time when there was no way to communicate with the outside world.

That's what happened to the crew of the Russian-American ship, Neva way back in January of 1813. Crew members had endured a grueling, stormy, three-month voyage from Russia when the ship wrecked on an island.

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There are no official records of the wreck, leaving it to an international team of researchers to piece together what happened next -- and it's an amazing tale.

They scavenged whatever washed ashore, started fires with gun flints and whittled down musket balls to fit smaller guns that remained. Finally, a month later, another ship came across them and rescued them. The wreck killed 32, and an additional 15 had already died at sea.


See the researchers' journey below:
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