Explorer claims to find Columbus' ship Santa Maria

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Explorer claims to find Columbus' ship Santa Maria

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 13, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 5:38 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- An underwater explorer says he may have found the long-sought wreckage of one of Christopher Columbus' original ships off northern Haiti. But the find is far from confirmed.

Explorer Barry Clifford says circumstantial evidence is overwhelming that a wreck he and his son first explored back in 2003 is the Santa Maria. Clifford tells The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that the evidence includes what appears to be a 15th century cannon and ballast stones that appear to come from Spain or Portugal.

The director of the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation at Texas A&M University says it would be a major find, but cautions skepticism. Kevin Crisman says many Spanish ships wrecked off Haiti and it will be difficult to confirm this is the Santa Maria.

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