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Possible Columbus wreck off Haiti in danger of looting

Published on May 15, 2014 6:46 AM
 
A replica of Christopher Columbus' caravel Santa Maria is shown in this circa 1892 handout photo provided by the United States Library on May 13, 2014. The US marine archaeological researcher who believes he has found the famous flagship of Christopher Columbus said on Wednesday that salvaging it was now urgent to prevent looting. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - The US marine archaeological researcher who believes he has found the famous flagship of Christopher Columbus said on Wednesday that salvaging it was now urgent to prevent looting.

“I think this is an emergency situation. I think the ship needs to be excavated as quickly as possible, conserved and displayed to the world,” underwater explorer Barry Clifford told The Explorers Club, referring to the fabled Santa Maria.

The flagship from the explorer’s first voyage to the Americas was found in the area where Columbus said the Santa Maria ran aground more than 500 years ago, Clifford said Tuesday.

The researcher said the expedition he led to find the wreck unearthed sufficient proof to establish its authenticity – 11 years after he first investigated it.

 
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