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The wreck of a British ship, was destroyed during the siege of Yorktown in 1781 was discovered in Virginia.
Experts from JRS Reconnaissance spotted the wreckage, which is believed to be the armed transport ship, the ‘Shipwright,’ at the York River last week.
The siege of Yorktown was the last major battle of the Revolutionary War, and saw British forces, under the command of Lord Charles Cornwallis captured by Continental Army troops under the command of George Washington and the French units, under the command of the Count de Rochambeau. The beleaguered British defenders surrendered on Oct. 19, 1781.
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The site of the famous battle, which is still a source of fascination for historians.
1781: a French map of the coast of Virginia, showing Cornwallis’ army was taken on the York River with the American and French forces lay siege to it. The French Admiral de Grasse’s fleet to block the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay.
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On the 19th of June, Bill Waldrop, a volunteer with JRS Exploration study team, spotted a partially buried metal object sticking out of the bed of the river, which had turned out to be an iron cannon. The gun, as well as the rest of the wreck is covered with oyster shells.
On a subsequent dive, taking a second and possibly a third gun was discovered by a member of the team, Joshua, Daniel. Work with the team leader, John Broadwater, Daniel surveyed the river and found what appears to be the wooden hull of a large ship. The body is to be buried and several feet below the riverbed, according to the JRS Exploration.
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“This is certainly an amazing discovery, and we were delighted to find the shipwreck, and to know that there are guns in it,” JRS Exploration’s CEO, Ryan Johnston, told Fox News by e-mail.
For a scuba diver to take part in the search for the wreckage. (JRS Exploration)
Johnston explains that a mysterious wreckage was found about 1,000 yards from the wreck site of the HMS Charon, a 44-gun British frigate sunk during the attack. The newly-found wreckage, ” he said, and it would have been one of the ships, of which HMS Charon walked in, after she was set on fire by the French the “hot shot.” The burning of a frigate, reportedly, drove in two and anchored the British transport ships, and they have to get off. One of the ships in the Shipwright.
“One of the divers then recovered a small piece of what appears to be charred wood, indicating that the ship was lost in a fire, who is in charge of the close proximity of the famous HMS Charon,” said Johnston.
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As the battle raged, up to 40 or more British ships were sunk by enemy cannon fire or was intentionally sunk by the Cornwallis, to prevent the French troops from landing behind the British positions, according to the JRS Exploration. The Yorktown shipwrecks are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
General George Washington (centre), inspects the French battery on the first day of the siege of Yorktown in October 1781. Lithograph by Zogbaum, published in 1881.
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If the wreckage is found to the Shipwright, it was the resolve of the 238-year-old puzzle about the ship’s final resting place. However, the researchers concluded that it is in the map as well as the identification of the wreck has been a challenge due to the layers of oyster shells, strong currents and near zero visibility in the heavily silted water.
However, a further study of the site will be carried out. “We will have to go back to the bottom, where we can,” Johnston told Fox News.
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In the long term, JRS Explorations in the use of the information gathered from the shipwreck sites and develop a new plan for their salvation.
The american War of Independence: Battle of Yorktown, 1781.The two lines of ships firing broadsides. From a French journal, kept by Henry Huntingdon Museum.
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The Revolutionary War, though his grasp of the focus of attention in the last couple of years. Last year, for example, the remains of the famous Revolutionary War frigate, USS Bonhomme Richard, was discovered off the coast of the united kingdom for more than 200 years after it sank, after a battle at sea.
Also in 2018, with a Nor’easter is discovered in the remains of a Revolutionary War-era ship, on a beach in Maine.
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In 2015, a Revolutionary War-era ship was found at a construction site in Alexandria, Va.
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As a 22-gun British warship that sank during the American Revolution and is regarded as one of the “Holy Grail” of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes region, was discovered at the bottom of Lake Ontario, in 2008.
Fox News’ Dr. Lam and the Associated Press contributed to this article.
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