18th century historic ship's hull washes ashore in Florida

On Tuesday, the 48-foot shipwreck of an 18th-century ship washed ashore at Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida, pictured above

The fascinating remains of a historic 18th century ship have been washed ashore on a Florida beach.

The 48-foot wooden hull of a giant wreck was discovered by Julie Turner and her eight-year-old son Patrick at Ponte Vedra Beach around 8 am Tuesday.

Little did the couple realize that the wreck was centuries old and has been hailed as the "holy grail" of shipwrecks.

On Tuesday, the 48-foot shipwreck of an 18th-century ship washed ashore at Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida, pictured above

On Tuesday, the 48-foot shipwreck of an 18th-century ship washed ashore at Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida, pictured above

Curious locals and maritime experts came to the scene to measure and photograph the helmet for research purposes

Curious locals and maritime experts came to the scene to measure and photograph the helmet for research purposes

Curious locals and maritime experts came to the scene to measure and photograph the helmet for research purposes

The 48-foot-long hull remains on the beach, where only the state of Florida can decide whether to remove it or let it return to the ocean

The 48-foot-long hull remains on the beach, where only the state of Florida can decide whether to remove it or let it return to the ocean

The 48-foot-long hull remains on the beach, where only the state of Florida can decide whether to remove it or let it return to the ocean

The hull included wooden dowels and copper-covered tacks on the ship, which means that the entire ship was once clad in copper

The hull included wooden dowels and copper-covered tacks on the ship, which means that the entire ship was once clad in copper

The hull included wooden dowels and copper-covered tacks on the ship, which means that the entire ship was once clad in copper

Researchers and maritime experts congregated at the wreck site to collect as much backup history as possible from the ribs of the wooden hull.

Experts speculate that the wreck may have been deposited under the sand on the high seas for years, and then washed away on the beach due to the storm's activity, which explains how the ship remained so well preserved.

Local man Marc Anthony, owner of Spanish Main Antiques and claims to be a treasure hunter, said the ship appears to be 18th century.

& # 39; To really see this survive and come ashore. This is very, very rare. This is the holy grail of shipwrecks, "he told CBS47.

The wooden hull revealed studded heads covered with copper, evidence that the whole ship was originally clad in copper.

Wooden dowels and nails were visible on the aged wooden beams as well.

The Roman numerals carved into the ribs of the ship were also preserved in some way in the centuries-old ship.

Turner, who discovered the accident, said he immediately knew that she and her son had found a relic from the past.

"We walked and we checked it and we immediately knew it was a historic piece of artifact," he said.

"When I looked out the window, it was immediately a boat," said his son Patrick.

Maritime experts on the site said they had waited for a long time for a wreck like this to land.

The giant shipwreck was discovered by Julie Turner and her eight-year-old son Patrick, pictured, around 8 o'clock on Tuesday morning.

The giant shipwreck was discovered by Julie Turner and her eight-year-old son Patrick, pictured, around 8 o'clock on Tuesday morning.

The giant shipwreck was discovered by Julie Turner and her eight-year-old son Patrick, pictured, around 8 o'clock on Tuesday morning.

Experts speculate that the ship must have been under the sand near the coast for years, then was dragged to the beach due to the activity of the storm, explaining how the ship remained so well preserved.

Experts speculate that the ship must have been under the sand near the coast for years, then was dragged to the beach due to the activity of the storm, explaining how the ship remained so well preserved.

Experts speculate that the ship must have been under the sand near the coast for years, then was dragged to the beach due to the activity of the storm, explaining how the ship remained so well preserved.

Maritime experts took steps to try to recreate the helmet in a 3-D model to better understand its model and history

Maritime experts took steps to try to recreate the helmet in a 3-D model to better understand its model and history

Maritime experts took steps to try to recreate the helmet in a 3-D model to better understand its model and history

Local antiquities expert Marc Anthony said: "See this really survive and get to land." This is very, very rare. This is the holy grail of shipwrecks, since the workers measured every inch of the wooden hull, on the photo above

Local antiquities expert Marc Anthony said: "See this really survive and get to land." This is very, very rare. This is the holy grail of shipwrecks, since the workers measured every inch of the wooden hull, on the photo above

Local antiquities expert Marc Anthony said: "See this really survive and get to land." This is very, very rare. This is the holy grail of shipwrecks, since the workers measured every inch of the wooden hull, on the photo above

The ship was wrecked on the beach of Ponte Vedra, near Jacksonville, Florida, and has not yet been removed from the sand.

The ship was wrecked on the beach of Ponte Vedra, near Jacksonville, Florida, and has not yet been removed from the sand.

The ship was wrecked on the beach of Ponte Vedra, near Jacksonville, Florida, and has not yet been removed from the sand.

The marine historian Brendan Burke believes that the ship could be traced back to the 18th century.

"This is what we were born for," Burke told Jacksonville.com about the discovery.

"It's really amazing to see the writing of someone who has been buried in the ocean for more than a century," he added.

Researchers from the Maritime Museum and San Agustín Lighthouse measured and photographed the ship on Wednesday to recreate it as a 3-D model, hoping to discover what the ship originally looked like.

It is not yet clear what type of ship the ship once was.

& # 39; Taking many notes, making drawings, tracing them. There are so many details that try to assess the date, where it came from, "said Tonya Creamer of St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum to CBS47.

Three pieces of wood from the wreck were also washed on the beach, several meters away.

Maritime experts and locals alike now worry about the state of the ship that has not yet been eliminated and has already been hit by the waves that threaten to claim it in the deep blue.

Creamer added that it is up to the state of Florida to determine the future of the historic wreck.

"This is state land, state beach area, so we simply share our knowledge and our information, what we are documenting at the moment, with the officials and what is up to them to do next," he said.

The Roman numerals engraved on the ship are still visible in white on the side of the ribs of the ship, in the photo above on the right

The Roman numerals engraved on the ship are still visible in white on the side of the ribs of the ship, in the photo above on the right

The Roman numerals engraved on the ship are still visible in white on the side of the ribs of the ship, in the photo above on the right

The copper-covered tacks on the ship also provide a clue that the ship was originally encased in special metal

The copper-covered tacks on the ship also provide a clue that the ship was originally encased in special metal

The copper-covered tacks on the ship also provide a clue that the ship was originally encased in special metal

Most experts believe that the ship comes from the 1800s when researchers gather data to find a specific date

Most experts believe that the ship comes from the 1800s when researchers gather data to find a specific date

Most experts believe that the ship comes from the 1800s when researchers gather data to find a specific date

A closer look at the surface reveals the impressive wooden pegs still intact and the copper-covered tacks on the helmet

A closer look at the surface reveals the impressive wooden pegs still intact and the copper-covered tacks on the helmet

A closer look at the surface reveals the impressive wooden pegs still intact and the copper-covered tacks on the helmet

& # 39; Taking many notes, making drawings, tracing them. There are so many details that go into trying to evaluate the date, where it came from, "said Tonya Creamer in the helmet, in the photo above on her side

& # 39; Taking many notes, making drawings, tracing them. There are so many details that go into trying to evaluate the date, where it came from, "said Tonya Creamer in the helmet, in the photo above on her side

& # 39; Taking many notes, making drawings, tracing them. There are so many details that go into trying to evaluate the date, where it came from, "said Tonya Creamer in the helmet, in the photo above on her side

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