Saturday, August 16, 2008
Scientists may have found the wreckage of a whaling ship that went down off Kure Atoll 170 years ago. Maritime archeologists made the discovery on the first day of a monthlong dive studying shipwrecks in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. It appears to be the remains of the Gledstanes. The Gledstanes is one of the oldest shipwrecks in the Pacific Northwest islands.The whaling ship sank in the summer of 1839 during rough seas. The survirors managed to cobble together what they could of the vessel and set sail to Honolulu to get help. Divers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said they have discovered four of the ship's massive anchors as well as cannons and cannon balls.