|(Maryland State Highway Administration)|
I can’t resist these kinds of stories.
Recently a Maryland road crew working to repair the bridge that crosses the Nanticoke River on Route 50 discovered the remains of an eighteenth-century ship. It is unclear why the ship sunk to the bottom of the river. It was either poorly constructed or shot down in a skirmish during the Revolutionary War.
Here is a taste of the report from Julie Zauzmer of The Washington Post:
The archaeologists speculate that the ship was built at a small local facility, not a major shipyard, because they can see some elementary mistakes in construction. An extra hole drilled in a log, a missing fastener that should have tightened the keel — those details are telling, centuries later.