200-Year-Old Shipwreck May Shed Light on Texas Revolution
Researchers say a shipwreck discovered 150 miles off the coast of Galveston may provide insight into Texas’ fight for independence.
Officials with Texas A&M University at Galveston and Texas State University say the recovery expedition of the two-masted ship concluded Wednesday. It may have sunk in the Gulf of Mexico 200 years ago.
Scientists say it may have been a warship or a vessel transporting arms and soldiers. It may have supported the Mexican army during the fight for Texas independence or been sailing to provide arms to the Texans.
The ship was some 4,300 feet below the surface. Items discovered aboard the vessel include muskets, swords, cannons and clothing.
The artifacts likely date from the early 1800s, when Galveston was the operations base for the notorious French pirate Jean Lafitte, KHOU.com reported.
Some of the debris is believed to have come from Spain and Mexico, but the guns appear to have been manufactured in Britain, according to the report.
“It’s really a mystery being put together,” Dr.William Kiene, associate science coordinator for NOAA’s Office of Marine Sanctuaries, told the station. He compared the salvage operation to “a CSI adventure.”