Archaeologists Find Signs of CT River Shipwreck

Hartford-Courant-shipwreck Archaeologists have found evidence of a shipwreck in the Connecticut River that could be linked to a 200-year-old battle in which the British set fire to 25 ships in [Connecticut’s] Essex Harbor, the largest maritime loss of the War of 1812.

The wreck lies in several feet of water off Watrous Point, a mile south of Essex harbor, and is indicated by a “ballast pile,” an oblong mound of stones that were once in the ship’s hold for stability. The stones remained after the hull disintegrated.

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