Shipwreck Identified

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The remains of a ship found near Hawaii in the recently designated Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument have been identified. The ship was an iron-hulled sailing ship named the Dunnottar Castle which hit a reef and sank.

The remains, found at Kure Atoll, are those of the Dunnottar Castle, a 258-foot iron-hulled cargo ship built in 1874.

"The Dunnottar Castle is an incredible heritage resource from the days of the sailing ships like the Falls of Clyde, Balcalutha and Star of India, when our maritime commerce was driven by steel masts and canvas, and by wind power and human hands," said Hans Van Tilburg, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marine archeologist.

NOAA researchers working from the ship Hi'ialakai confirmed the wreck's identity following its initial discovery by a volunteer with the state of Hawaii division of forestry and wildlife, Brad Vanderlip.

Home ported in Scotland, the Dunnottar Castle was bound from Sydney, Australia, to Wilmington, Calif., with a load of coal when it struck a reef at full speed.

I have been on the Star of India, which is at the San Diego Maritime Museum and is the same type of iron hulled sailing ship as the recent discovery. Here's the website for the museum which also has a virtual tour of the ship and videos.

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