Mardi Gras Shipwreck

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas A&M University-led team of archaeologists
and oceanographers has found a cannon, cannon shot and a chest of
weapons in the recovery of a two-century old shipwreck 4,000 feet
deep in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. Minerals Management Service published a full report of
the investigation yesterday.

The 50-foot shipwreck was discovered in 2002 by employees of
Okeanos Gas Gathering Co. as they surveyed the sea floor 35 miles
off the Louisiana coast.

The unidentified ship was named "Mardi Gras Wreck" after a
nearby pipeline.

Texas A&M nautical archaeologist Ben Ford says the shipwreck had a fairly large arsenal.

Ford -- the lead author of the report -- was most impressed by
the preservation of the artifacts.

The team last summer used two remotely operated vehicles to take
video of the shipwreck and bring the artifacts to the surface.

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