Residents of York, Maine were treated to the sights of a Revolutionary War-era ship buried beneath the sands of Short Sands Beach on March 5.
Fox News writes that following a powerful Nor’easter that struck the east coast state over the weekend, the remains of a 160 years old sloop resurfaced for all to see.
The storm, which affected the coast from Virginia to Maine, eroded large portions of beaches and in so doing, uncovered the historic craft.
“Good Monday morning!” the York Police Department posted on their Facebook account, “The pictures below are of the old ship that is buried at Short Sands Beach. Every once in a while after a storm the ocean moves enough sand for it to be seen. Thought you might like to see it.”
Storms since the 1950s have indeed periodically uncovered the sloop. In more recent times winter storm ‘Nemo’ (2013) withdrew enough sand for the shipwreck to be seen. Maine’s Historic Preservation Commission the wreck and identified it as archeological site ME 497-004.
The structure is believed to be a sloop — a single-mast sailing vessel, according to the Portland Press Herald.
Residents of York were battered by the Nor-Easter, with some telling of neighborhoods littered with debris and resembling “war zones”.