Marine reserve yields old shipwrecks
- On 30/08/2008
- In Underwater Archeology
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."