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Was Christopher Columbus' Santa Maria ship found?

Was Christopher Columbus' Santa Maria ship found?

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED May 13, 2014

Well-known underwater explorer Barry Clifford, 68, is claiming he has found Christopher Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, that sailed in August 1492 under the orders of King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I of Spain.

"It is the Mount Everest of shipwrecks for me," Clifford tells CNN. "This is the ship that changed the course of human history."

Clifford originally found this wreck in 2003, however, "archaeologists at the time 'misdiagnosed' the cannon," Clifford further tells CNN. Clifford, along with a group of experts, recently returned to the ship to find that the cannon that he had previously found had been stolen.

The ship was photographed and measured for a follow-up investigation.

According to CNN, "The ship was found in the exact area where Columbus said the Santa Maria ran aground more than 500 years ago, Clifford said. The wreck is stuck on a reef off Haiti's northern coast, 10 to 15 feet beneath the water's surface."

The Haitian government will now have to allow the ship to be excavated to determine if, in fact, it is part of Columbus' historical fleet.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.