The wreckage, hidden under the sand for centuries, became fully exposed after a winter of brutal Nor’easters, making it the oldest shipwreck found off the coast of North Carolina.
But historians had to act fast to recover the ship, according to Meghan Agresto, site manager of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.
“This winter, it just got smacked. After awhile the ocean was going to take it back,” Agresto said. “The fact that we got it off the beach makes us excited because we got to save it.”
Midgett and other beachcombers had discovered a number of relics near the shipwreck’s beach grave site, including coins believed to be from the reign of Louis XIII in France and Charles I in England, lead bale seals used for identification, and spoons dating to the mid-1600s.