Mysterious Shipwreck Washes Ashore in Newfoundland

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Ever since a shipwreck washed ashore in the remote Canadian coastal area of Cape Ray on the island of Newfoundland in late January, it’s been causing a stir in the small community of about 250 people.

Residents have posed for pictures with parts of the wooden ship, which a local hunter spotted and which is believed to be from the 19th century. They’ve encouraged the authorities to secure the structure. And they’ve speculated on social media about its mysterious origins.

The posts, on a community page on Facebook, caught the attention of a local photographer, Corey Purchase, who lives 15 minutes from the area. He used a drone to take aerial photos showing the scale of the vessel, which he estimated to be about 90 feet long.

“The drone put it into perspective for sure,” he said. “It was a pretty amazing find.”

Shipwrecks in this region aren’t that uncommon. There have probably been thousands around the coast of Newfoundland in the past 500 years, said Jamie Brake, the provincial archaeologist.

“It has just such a long history of ship traffic,” Dr. Brake said. “Cape Ray, it’s an exposed, treacherous shoreline, with fog and reefs. There is a lighthouse now that protect mariners, but that wasn’t always there.”

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