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.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, Trolling or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus
KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 33752444 -
Gray Television, Inc.