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Colonial shipwreck found off Florida coast

A colonial shipwreck has been found buried in the sand a mile off the St. Augustine coast.

The scientists found a cauldron, thousands of lead shot, a glass base and a second cooking vessel about 400 meters from the site of where the ship the “Industry” sank in 1764.

The newly discovered ship could be older than the “Industry,” said Chuck Meide, director of the archaeological program. If that’s so, the shipwreck would be the oldest known one off the waters of St. Johns County, Meide said.

Scientists found the shipwreck in August, but only announced the discovery Friday. The site is about a mile offshore, south of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and north of the St. Augustine Beach pier.

Meide calls the wreck a “true time capsule.”

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