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Wreckage of the last slave ship to bring slaves to the U.S., the Clotilda, may have been discovered near Mobile, Alabama. 

According to, reporter Ben Raines, who normally covers the environment and conservation for the website, found the wreckage in the lower Mobile-Tensaw Delta, during unusually low tides. Experts have suggested the remains could be the Clotilda (sometimes spelled incorrectly as Clotilde), which was burned after delivering captives from what is now the west African nation of Benin to Mobile in 1860, based upon where Raines found it and the way it was built.

What’s left of the ship lies partially buried in mud alongside an island in the lower Mobile-Tensaw Delta, a few miles north of the city of Mobile. The hull is tipped to the port side, which appears almost completely buried in mud. The entire length of the starboard side, however, is almost fully exposed. The wreck, which is normally underwater, was exposed during extreme low tides brought on by the same weather system that brought the “Bomb Cyclone” to the Eastern Seaboard. Low tide around Mobile was about two and a half feet below normal thanks to north winds that blew for days.

“I’m quaking with excitement. This would be a story of world historical significance, if this is the Clotilda,” John Sledge, a senior historian with Mobile Historical Commission, told “It’s certainly in the right vicinity… We always knew it should be right around there.”

Fox News reports that there isn’t much left of the ship, which if proven to be the Clotilda, arrived in Mobile Bay for its last voyage, carrying approximately 110 slaves. The hull is tipped over to the port side and almost entirely encapsulated in mud, while the starboard side is nearly fully exposed.

A two-masted schooner built in 1855, the Clotilda was approximately 86 feet in length and possessed a beam of 23 feet. Its design was similar to other schooners of the day, which were used to carry lumber and heavy cargo. “These ships were the 18-wheelers of their day,” Winthrop Turner, a shipwright specializing in wooden vessels told

The ship was ultimately burned after arriving at Mobile Bay, with slavers having bragged of setting the vessel ablaze upon the conclusion of their voyage in July 1860.

John Bratten, who works with Cook exploring shipwrecks, said there was “nothing here to say this isn’t the Clotilda, and several things that say it might be.”

Aside from the location, which is where its captain William Foster wrote that he burned and sank the ship in 1860, the wreck also shows fire damage. And its construction techniques appear to be similar to those from the mid-1800s.

So there you have it.

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Relying on historical records and accounts from old timers, may have located the long-lost wreck of the Clotilda, the last slave ship to bring human cargo to the United States.

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