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Tropical storm Ida reveals shipwreck off Alabama coast

The wreckage of the Rachel, a lumber schooner which ran aground in the 1920s or 30s, has been uncovered by tropical storm Ida.

When Tropical Storm Ida struck Nov. 10, the charred wooden hull reappeared on the beach six miles east of Fort Morgan.

The wreck is most likely to be the three-masted schooner Rachel, which ran aground on the peninsula in the first half of the 1900s, according to Mike Bailey, Fort Morgan events coordinator.

“We’re 95 percent sure that’s it. At 155 feet long, it was one of the largest Biloxi schooners built,” he said. “It was built as a lumber schooner and was carrying a load of lumber when it ran into a storm. It didn’t have a full crew and they couldn’t handle the ship in the storm. They put out an anchor, but it ran aground.”

The Rachel was built by John DeAngelo in Moss Point in 1918.

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