FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Tropical Storm Eta brought high winds and torrential downpours to Florida earlier this month and it unearthed a shipwreck
Resident Mark O’Donoghue found the old, exposed timbers on Crescent Beach, which is just about 50 miles from Jacksonville, Florida.
According to the St Augustine Lighthouse Archeological Team (LAMP), the timbers likely belong to a shipwreck from the 1800s.
In a news release from LAMP, Archaeologist Chuck Meide said the vessel was likely an American merchant ship that was carrying goods like hardware or flour.
According to the release, over 70% of all known historic shipwrecks lost in Florida are merchant vessels participating in the coastal trade moving goods from one coastal port to another along the Atlantic coast.
After extensive research, the team believes the exposed timbers are from the ship Caroline Eddy but it has yet to be confirmed.
There are still months of research ahead of the LAMP team.