Researchers explore a 200-year-old shipwreck in Mexico

Hyperaxion May 29, 2020

An English vessel was found at Banco Chinchorro, on the Yucatán peninsula, in the extreme south of the country. The region is known for its turbulent and difficult to navigate waters.

In the 1990s, fisherman Manuel Polanco found evidence of the existence of a shipwreck in the coastal waters of Banco Chinchorro, in the Yucatán peninsula, in the extreme south of Mexico. Now, in recent explorations in the area, researchers from the country’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have discovered details about the ship and its crew.

Researchers explore a 200-year-old shipwreck in Mexico
(Credit: Laura Carrillo. SAS-INAH).

According to the researchers, the design of the ship suggests that it is an English sailboat that dates from the late 18th or early 19th centuries. Much of the wood has deteriorated over the years, but the wreckage includes metallic parts, iron ingots, an anchor, and even a 2.5 meter-long cannon.

(Credit: Laura Carrillo. SAS-INAH).

“It lies directly on the reef barrier where the ocean current is strong,” explained Laura Carrillo, one of the researchers, in a statement. “Only the solid elements remain, incrusted into the reef.”

(Credit: Laura Carrillo. SAS-INAH).

Experts still do not know what caused the wreck, but the region in which the disaster happened is famous for being difficult to navigate. This is because the coral reefs and currents make the waters of Banco Chinchorro particularly turbulent.

(Credit: Laura Carrillo. SAS-INAH).

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