Photo credit: Bristol Port – SWNS.COM
The Brunswick cargo ship sank to the depths below the Severn Estuary near Bristol on Christmas Eve, 1900.
The vessel struck a sandbank while sailing in thick fog and soon vanished beneath the freezing waters, taking most of her crew to their doom. Only eight sailors escaped the stricken vessel.
The Brunswick disappeared, quite literally, for over a century.
Now, sonar imaging has revealed a 210ft long by 30ft ship partly buried in sediment at the bottom of the estuary. These dimensions match those of the Brunswick exactly, leading researchers to believe it is the doomed vessel that went missing 117 years ago.
Sand and sediment will likely covert the wreck completely, burying its secrets forever.