More than 500 years after the Santa Maria rises from the depths

U.S. researchers say they have found remains of the ship Santa Maria, flagship of Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to the New World and that capsized off the coast of Haiti. If confirmed it could be considered one of the most important underwater archaeological discoveries in history.
“Geographical evidence underwater and archaeological topography suggest that these are the remains of the famous ship” confirmed the British newspaper ‘The Independent’ Barry Clifford, one of the most experienced underwater explorers U.S. and the world and principal leader of a recent expedition of reconnaissance.
The remains were found in the exact area where the Santa Maria sank over 500 years ago according to the opinions given by Columbus himself, whose possible location was taken as one of the landmarks along with local currents and underwater topography. The wreck was stuck on a reef off the north coast of Haiti between three and 4.5 meters below the water surface.
The photos showed the presence of a gun of the same type as those on board had known most caravel of Columbus.
“The Government of Haiti has helped us in an outstanding manner and now we have to continue working with them to carry out a detailed archaeological excavation of the wreck,” said Clifford and indicated that contacts with the Haitian authorities to ensure that the site is duly protected.Clifford and his team are working on the site for over a decade, but only now have detailed enough data to identify the ship. So far, his team has carried out a research project measuring and photographing the place.
His plan now is to begin the excavations for further tests. Clifford detailing his intention is to surface the remains of the ship, hold and subsequently exposed to public permanently in a museum in Haiti.
The news has attracted much attention of the scientific world, so that all media are echoing the possible discovery.