Two shipwreck salvage companies have found what they believe are the remains of the famous Pulaski steamship off the coast of North Carolina.
In 1838, the steamship sank to the bottom of the Atlantic after one of its boilers exploded.
At the time, the North Carolina Standard called the wreck the “most painful catastrophe that has ever occurred upon the American coast.”
Roughly half of the 200 people on board died, many of them the elite of the southern society at that time, the Charlotte Observer reported.
The ship was traveling north from Savannah, Georgia, to Baltimore, Maryland, and was carrying such names as New York Congressman William Rochester and six members of the Lamar family, who were among the richest families in the southeast at the time.
Roughly 40 miles off the North Carolina coast, Blue Water Ventures International, which recovers historically relevant artifacts from shipwrecks, discovered what they thought might be the legacy of the powerful steamship.