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187-year-old shipwreck found off Australian coast

The wreckage of The Royal Charlotte, a convict and trop transporter en route to India in 1825, has been found off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

The Royal Charlotte, a convict and troop transporter, was en route to India with a contingent of troops when it sank in a gale on Frederick Reef in 1825.

Survivors spent six weeks on a sand cay until they were rescued by a government brig.

Among the wreck’s remains the divers found timber, an anchor, a cannon and other items.

Maritime archaeologist Kieran Hosty says the shipwreck will offer great insights on convict and troop transportation in the 19th century.

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Story: ABC | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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