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Shipwreck off Haiti may belong to Christopher Columbus

Published on May 14, 2014 6:10 AM
A replica of Christopher Columbus' caravel Santa Maria is shown in this circa 1892 handout photo provided by the United States Library of Congress on May 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - A shipwreck off the coast of Haiti may be the remains of the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus’ flagship from his first voyage to the Americas, researchers said on Tuesday.

A press conference to unveil details of the discovery and why researchers think it may be a piece of history is planned for Wednesday in New York City.

The ship was found in the area where Columbus said the Santa Maria ran aground more than 500 years ago, said underwater explorer Barry Clifford.

Mr Clifford believes the expedition he led to find the wreck may finally have unearthed sufficient proof to establish its authenticity – 11 years after he first investigated it.

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