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Hurricane Ike Uncovers Sunken Civil War Ship off Alabama Coast

FORT MORGAN, Ala. (AP) - A marine archaeologist says waves from
Hurricane Ike have uncovered what appears to be a Civil War
schooner that ran aground near Fort Morgan on the Alabama coast in
1862.

Museum of Mobile marine archaeologist Shea McLean said the ship
is most likely the Monticello, a two-masted battleship that
partially burned when it crashed.

U.S. Navy records show the Monticello was run aground while
sailing from Havana to Mobile.

It was trying to sneak past the U.S. Navy to enter Mobile Bay.

Archaeologist Glenn Forest said that no matter what the ship
turns out to be, the wreck should be moved and preserved to protect
both the vessel and nearby buildings.


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