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Hidden shipwreck discovered at Ponte Vedra Beach

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A trip to the beach resulted in an exciting discovery. On Wednesday, Peggy Friedmann, a volunteer turtle patroller at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, spotted a piece of an old shipwreck at Ponte Vedra Beach. 

"I saw a part of the ribs of the boat sticking out of the sand," said Friedmann.

Her discovery lead to a team of archeologists from the St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program working to help unveil the story of the old wooden vessel.

"What we're really looking at is the way the timbers were put together," said Chuck Meide, Director of Archaeology. "The size of the timbers will give us some indication of the size of the vessel. The style of construction."

The remains could be a shrimp boat, possibly from the early 1900s. Meide believes recent storms in the area helped Freidmann to make this discovery.

"A Nor'easter comes through rakes the coast you can see how the sand dune behind me is just like it's been scooped away," said Meide. "Unveiling this historic treasure that has been hidden for centuries. Exposed for the first time in years."

Meide says after they're finished documenting their findings the ships remains will be buried.


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