A massive shipwreck recently surfaced near the beach in Cape Ray, Newfoundland, surprising residents who are waiting to learn how old it is and where it came from.
Experts and residents speculate that the ship, which is thought to have been built in the 19th century, may have been dislodged during post-tropical storm Fiona, which destroyed houses and washed away large swaths of the shoreline when it made landfall in 2022.
Gordon Blackmore, a local resident, was hunting seabirds on Cape Ray’s sandy beaches when he noticed a dark shadow in the turbid waters. It had not been present when he visited the location just a few days before. His mother told the Canadian Press that he rushed back into the family home, shouting about his discovery.
Cape Ray, Newfoundland
Cape Ray is a local service district and designated place in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is located on the southwest coast of the island of Newfoundland. Cape Ray, located near the community, served as the overland terminus for the transatlantic telegraph cable connecting St. John’s and Cape Ray. The cable continues to Cape Breton Island via a submarine route. Dorset Paleoeskimo artifacts have also been discovered in this area. An archaeological site has been established in the region.
It is illegal to disturb the shipwreck in any way or remove souvenirs from the wreck or the beach. The shipwreck has been declared an archaeological site under the provincial Historic Resources Act.