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Ancient wooden boat found in Black Sea

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Fishermen trailing nets 15 miles off the Bulgarian coast of the Black Sea uncovered a wooden dugout canoe, most likely dating to prehistoric times.

“The dugout is 2.6 meters (8.5 feet) long and 70 centimeters (27.5 inches) wide, and it is made most probably of oak,” Nedkov told The Associated Press.

Bulgarian explorers have found four ancient vessels in remarkably good condition in the Black Sea, whose oxygen-depleted deep water preserves wrecks without the worm damage and deterioration that normally affects wooden vessels.

Finding a wooden ship older than 300 years is pretty much unheard of anywhere but in the Black Sea. This one looks neat, too. Oak ages handsomely even under water for thousands of years.

Slap a coat of poly on it and flip it upside down and you could sell it to Pier One as a coffee table.

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