cargo of coconuts

Schull shipwreck had nutty cargo

The wreck was found near Schull

By Louise Roseingrave - West Cork Times

Underwater archaeologists are investigating the wreck of a wooden merchant ship that carried a cargo of coconuts discovered during pipe works in Schull Harbour.

The ship, believed to date back to the 16th century, is buried in the seabed in 10m of water just off the shoreline.

Contracted underwater archaeologist Julianna O’Donoghue suspended pipe laying works on the multi-million Schull Wastewater Treatment plant when machines struck and partly damaged the wreck last week.

The ship’s cargo of coconuts was uncovered during this process.

Little is known of the wreck’s origins at present as archaeologist’s work continues.

An exclusion zone is in place around the wreck site and experts are keen to discourage looters from gaining access to any valuable materials on board.

Connie Kelleher, underwater archaeologist with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said the wreck site is a protected site.

“We don’t want to reveal the exact location as we don’t want to make it a target for looters.

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