British whaling ship Gledstanes

Marine reserve yields old shipwrecks

By Nalea J. Ko

When the British whaling ship Gledstanes sank off Kure Atoll in 1837, those onboard escaped unharmed, but the ship was lost to the depths - until scientists discovered it last month.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration archaeologists returned to Oahu yesterday after a monthlong expedition to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

They made two new archaeological discoveries in the area, including the Gledstanes shipwreck.

"It's an incredibly rich place," said Kelly Gleason, a maritime archaeologist and chief scientist for the expedition.

"The natural resources are amazing, but then there's also a very rich human story, and the seafaring stories of surviving at sea are really incredible."