It has been over a year now since Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and the search hasn’t slowed. Using the most groundbreaking technologies, they’ve been able to map and scour the ocean floor for remnants of the plane believed to have crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean. While they haven’t found the plane, they have recently made an incredible historic discovery – a shipwreck believed to be from the 1800’s!
According to the ABC, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre announced they had found a shipwreck four kilometres below the surface and more than 1,000 kilometres off the Western Australian coastline.
There is little known about the shipwreck at this stage however it has been confirmed that the debris is man made and from the looks of things, WA Maritime Museum curator Michael McCarthy believes it is a cargo ship.
“There are hundreds of ships lost in our world’s oceans over time, through old age, cyclones, typhoons and one would expect this to occur,” he said.
“You have these vessels say from a place like Fremantle which takes a notice of its lost ships, but you will find other countries that probably haven’t kept the same records, [so] we are in a bit of trouble trying to do that.”
“The best we can do at the moment is a mid-to late 19th century wooden hull, iron sailing ship and of unknown origin but of European-style build,” he said.
It’s an interesting find, likely to be one of many as they use this technology to search the ocean floor. And at this point, the search is showing no signs of slowing down. Australian officials have said previously that the search of the current priority zone where they believe Flight 370 went down is expected to be completed this month. If no trace is found in that 60,000-square-kilometre area, the search will be expanded to include a new zone of the same size, the governments of Malaysia, Australia and China announced last month.