Revolutionary War-Era Ship Unearthed in Virginia
So, you're working away at the site of a new hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, when someone yells "Hey everybody, look what I found!" You turn around and realize two things almost immediately. One, that looks a lot like an ancient sailing ship. Two, construction is about to slow way, way down.
That's what's going on right now in Alexandria.
From Fox News:
Local archaeologists in Alexandria are now scrambling to identify the story behind the 250-year-old sailing ship. The area once was in the Potomac River before it was backfilled two centuries ago to expand Alexandria's waterfront. The ship’s partial hull – currently under a blue tarmac at the hotel construction site – has become a popular draw among local residents. The find comes just months after construction workers discovered a 1755 foundation from a warehouse which is believed to be the city’s first public building, according to The Washington Post.
So, what do we know about the ship so far? Not much, but that hasn't stopped the construction site from becoming a tourist attraction. After full excavation, the ship will be placed in a water tank to stabilize the wood, while experts try to figure out the ship's background.