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    Posted February 15, 2011 by
    Wellfleet, Massachusetts

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    Shipwreck Ballast Uncovered in Wellfleet, Cape Cod


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mooncusser is an ex-archeologist that works on Cape Cod. 'I was walking north up Marconi Beach in Wellfleet to shoot some wireless radio platforms that were uncovered and found piles of iron at the water's edge, including what looked to be a blade of some kind without a handle. There was so much metal that the sand directly underneath was fused into a hard sheet. At first I thought the metal picture here were horseshoes but now I think they're anchor chain or some other metal used for ballast in some ship's hold. This is very common here on the Cape and shipwrecks and their mysterious cargo are constantly appearing and disappearing. I don't know what shipwreck this pile of metal may be associated with. However, 500 ft. off shore from here was one of the most famous of wrecks, the Pirate Ship Whydah, which sunk in a gale in 1717.'
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    Breaking News - Wellfleet, Cape Cod


    A pile of what appears to be anchor chain fused together was revealed at low tide yesterday.  Photographer Christopher Seufert was hiking on Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, MA, when he spotted the large rusted piles at the water's edge.


    "The sand around the iron was so full of metal that it was also fused hard into sheets.  Most likely they're part of a nearby shipwreck, and they were possibly piled into the hold as ballast."


    ©Christopher Seufert Photography


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