Rough seas reveal shipwreck on Maine beach

Published on March 13th, 2013 | by Admin


Rough seas have washed away the sands on the beaches of York, Maine, revealed the wreckage of a 160-year-old shipwreck.

The 51-foot-long hull is believed to be from a late colonial or early post-colonial sloop, which means it would date from 1750 to 1850, said Leith Smith, a historical archaeologist with the Maine Preservation Commission.

A sloop is a sailing vessel with a single mast. Such vessels were common along Maine’s coast and were used for fishing and for hauling cargo such as dried fish or lumber.

Although the wreck in York appears only occasionally, it is “quite common” to find ship remnants on beaches in Maine, Smith said. There are 1,595 known shipwrecks along Maine’s coast, including 66 in York and its coastal waters.

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Story: Gillian Graham, Portland Press Herald | Photo: Shawn Patrick Ouellette, Portland Press Herald

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