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Shipwreck

A shipwreck is the remains of a ship that has wrecked, which are found either beached on land or sunken to the bottom of a body of water. Shipwrecking may be deliberate or accidental. In January 1999, Angela Croome estimated that they were about three million shipwrecks worldwide (an estimate rapidly endorsed by UNESCO and other organizations).

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Centuries-Old Shipwreck Discovered off North Carolina Coast

Scanning sonar from a scientific expedition revealed the remains of a previously unknown shipwreck that could date back to the days of the American Revolution. Among the artifacts discovered are an iron chain, red bricks, glass bottles, pottery and a compass. This discovery was totally unintentional and was originally supposed to look into the ecology of deep-sea methane seeps along the East Coast.

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