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Gazette Premium Content Video: Possible wreck of Columbus ship, found by former Coloradan, claimed off Haiti

Associated Press Updated: May 15, 2014 at 10:17 am

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — An underwater explorer with Colorado ties says he may have found the long-sought wreckage of one of Christopher Columbus' original ships off northern Haiti. But the find is far from confirmed.

Explorer Barry Clifford, who graduated from Western State Colorado University in 1969, says circumstantial evidence is overwhelming that a wreck he and his son first explored back in 2003 is the Santa Maria.

Clifford tells The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that the evidence includes what appears to be a 15th century cannon and ballast stones that appear to come from Spain or Portugal.

The director of the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation at Texas A&M University says it would be a major find, but cautions skepticism. Kevin Crisman says many Spanish ships wrecked off Haiti and it will be difficult to confirm this is the Santa Maria.

Read more about Clifford's Western State connection here.

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