Hotel construction turns up remains of late 18th century ship
The stretch of Alexandria, Virginia along the Potomac River has long been a bustling part of town, being built and rebuilt numerous times over the past centuries.
Among the latest developments is a luxury hotel, and excavations of the site have turned up remarkable finds dating back to the city's Revolutionary War-era past.
The vessel pieces are described as remarkably well preserved, a miracle of sorts attributed to the lack of oxygen in the surrounding mud.
Photo: Thunderbird Archaeology
Luck also intervened at least once. In one of Old Town Alexandria's many past construction projects, bricklayers came dangerously close to disturbing the ship's safe resting place.
Future plans for the roughly 50-foot hull include study, preservation, and possible exhibition, funds permitting.
More from AOL.com:
Prince George's first day of nursery school makes our hearts explode -- see the pics!
Samuel L. Jackson says he had no idea he was in a feud with Donald Trump
Fast-food chains compete to offer the most food for the least money