Africa-Press – Cape verde. SS Savannah was the first ship with a steam engine to cross the ocean. It was subsequently used as a sailing ship without the engine, but in November 1821 she sank near Long Island. But it seems experts may have managed to find the flotsam with the help of nature.
Last autumn, a four-metre-long shipwreck washed up on Fire Island when Hurricane Ian struck the Atlantic coast of America. At the time, experts were still unable to identify the fragment.
Indirect evidence suggests that the find may be a fragment of the ship Savannah, which was wrecked in 1821. Since then, researchers have not been able to find anything that can be unequivocally linked to the famous ship.
The wreckage’s wooden pegs driven into the ship’s planks to secure them together, and spikes, dated back to 1820, suggest a ship of roughly 30 meters.
The Savannah is an American sailing and steam vessel, which was started to be built in 1818. The following spring, the Savannah made her maiden voyage. The ship became well known after crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the USA to Great Britain to the Russian Empire and back again.
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