A shipwreck, believed to date from the 18th century, was washed ashore on a Florida beach this week, a local report said.
The 48-foot ship appeared at Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns County, on Julie Turner, who made the discovery with her 8-year-old son, told Action News Jax at 8 pm Wednesday.
At first, Turner thought she had found a piece of a pier or fence, but then it clearly became part of a very old ship, she told the station.
"We went and checked it and knew immediately that it was a historical piece of artifact," she said.
The Sheriff's Office of St. Johns County was posted on Facebook "The rubble seems to be part of a ship's hull and is considered quite old."
Marc Anthony, a self-proclaimed treasure hunter who owns an antique shop in St. Augustine, told the station that the wreck seems to date from the 1
"To actually see it, survive and come ashore, this is very, very rare," he told the outlet. "This is the holy grail of shipwrecks."
The wooden remains seemed to be encased in copper, as there were still some copper engraving heads visible, said Chuck Meide, marine lighthouse and maritime museum director, Florida Times-Union