The partial remains of what appears to be the wooden skeleton of an old ship has been found 25 feet below the ground of Seaport District in Boston City. It was after a group of construction workers accidentally discovered it while digging the grounds at 121 Seaport Boulevard.
In an interview of WBZ-TV’s to City Archaeologist Joe Bagley, he revealed that this is the first ever shipwreck discovered in the filled land of Boston.
“This is the largest and most significant by far.”
However, Bagley admitted that he is not yet sure about the story behind the shipwreck.
“At this point we’re not quite sure, because it’s definitely in an area that was mud flats at low tide, so the ship may have run aground or [REDACTED] here during a storm.”
Based on the report, the sunken ship is estimated to be around 50 feet long. It is believed to be a wooden ship that sailed during the mid-to-late 1800s.
The Skanska construction company immediately coordinated with the local authorities and contacted a number of archaeologists to inspect their site.
In an interview with Skanska President and CEO Shawn Hurley, he said that he believes that the discovery of the shipwreck is an important mystery to be solved. That is why they decided to stop their ongoing construction temporarily.
He was quoted saying:
“You certainly come across a lot of interesting things when you do below-grade excavation, but I’ve never seen anything like this in my career. I can say in my entire career I’ve never come across an artifact.”
Moreover, Bagley expressed his gratitude to Skanska for cooperating in this matter.
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Posted by WCVB Channel 5 Boston on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
“The City of Boston is extremely fortunate that Skanska has decided to stop the project temporarily to let the archaeologists come in and document this really important piece of maritime history. We’re doing it as fast as we can to make sure not to cause any undue delay to the project.”