2 centuries-old ships discovered in Alexandria’s waterfront

The archaeological site in Alexandria, the Old town (city of Alexandria)

Archaeologists in Alexandria, Va., have uncovered the remains of two vessels that probably date from the late 1700 or 1800 during the construction of the city on the water.

The city announced the discovery at the construction site in the historic Old Town, earlier this week. The discovery was made at the site of the former Robinson Terminal South. In 2015, is a Revolutionary War-era ship was found in the area during the construction for the Hotel Indigo.

“The discovery of the three historic ships in a two-block area is absolutely incredible,” said Eleanor Breen, Alexandria’s acting city archaeologist, in a statement. “There are very few ships from this period excavated in Virginia or across the country.”


The discovery was made last week by the experts of Thunderbird Archeology work for developers JBG Smith and EYA, the Washington Post reports. The site is developed in a residential complex.

The city is monitoring on an analysis of the website to determine what the next steps should be. “As part of a private yard, the artifacts are not currently open to public view and are not visible from the street,” he said, in his statement.

The ships are the last historic ships to be discovered in the U.S. Earlier this year, for example, showed that the wreck of the Clotilda, the last slave ship to bring slaves to the US, may have been found in the vicinity of Mobile, alabama.


In 2015 the remains of an Employee warship were raised from the Savannah River in Georgia. The following year was the wreck of a large iron-hulled civil war-era steamboat was discovered off the coast of North Carolina. The ship that was found off the Oak Island, N. C, has been provisionally identified as the blockade runner Agnes E. Fry.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this article.

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