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Sunken Treasure

By: Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone, Philippe Rouja, Lionel Nesbitt, James Delgado and Dominique Rissolo
Posted: June 9, 2014, from the June 2014 issue of P&F magazine.

In February 2011, a strong winter storm exposed and removed a stable sediment layer deep within the intact bow section of the shipwreck Mary Celestia, a Civil War blockade runner sunk in 1864 in 20 meters of water off of the south shore of Bermuda. The removal of the sediment revealed a single bottle of corked wine and what appeared to be the corner of a wooden crate. The bottle was discovered as part of a routine survey of the wreck led by Philippe Max Rouja, Bermuda’s custodian of historic wrecks, and local diver Stuart Joblin.

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