Revolutionary War Era Ship Found at Construction Site

Surprises at construction sites are unfortunately typical and can result in project delays and cost over runs. What construction crews found at a site for the new 120-room Hotel Indigo along the waterfront in Alexandria, Virginia was different.



Uncovered in thick mud, crews found the bow of an 18th century ship. Archaeologists who are now digging pieces of the ship out by hand estimate the ship dates back to 1775-1798. The ship itself stayed preserved and in great condition over the years because it was buried deep and oxygen could not reach it.


This is the second historical finding at this site. In September a 260-year old warehouse was uncovered as well. According to estimates and historical city documents the the warehouse was constructed when American was still under British control and it is believed to have been the first building in the city of Alexandria.


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Stephen Fean
Stephen Fean is the Vice President of Business Development at Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers, a real-estate consulting firm that provides owner’s representation and project management services. More about Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers as well as additional blog posts can be found here.
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