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Underwater archaeologists survey sunken 18th century warships

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Archaeologists as surveying the underwater wreckage of as many as ten French warships that sank during the Siege of Louisbourg in 1758.

“You are not seeing a lot of structure above the sea bed,” he said Wednesday morning, after the five-person team returned to the wharf in Louisbourg. “A lot of the heavier materials located in the lower-most reaches of the ships are laying on the seabed.

“A common thing we are seeing is cannons that were on the warships when they went down: cannonballs, cannon shot, bar shot — all of the kinds of ordnance that was on the vessels when they sank.”

Some ship parts like some rigging, pulley components, stone and iron ballast are also on the ocean floor.

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Story: Cape Breton Post | Photo: Parks Canada

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