Mardi Gras Shipwrecks Exhibition | WGNO

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WGNO) — In 2002, a discovery team located a sunken ship from the early 1800s about 35 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

In 2007, a team of archaeologists found over 1,000 objects inside this ship. There is now an exhibition at Capitol Park Museumin Baton Rouge, LA showcasing the discovery of the ship and the artifacts inside.

The ship is called the Mardi Gras Ship, because the pipeline near where the whip was found is called the Mardi Gras pipeline.

The Louisiana Division of Archeology and the Capitol Park Museum are sponsoring the exhibit. There is still much to learn about the mysterious ship. There is no information on the exact name of the ship, its crew or its origin.

Researchers don’t say the vessel is made from American pine, which means it was likely made in the United States. However, items on the ship include Spanish coins, cannons, and artifacts from France and other countries.

Some researchers theorize that due to the wide range of artifacts and the area in which the ship was found; the “Mardi Gras” ship could be a pirate ship.

The artifacts had been under water for over 200 years.

For more, the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge will be holding the exhibit through March 5.

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