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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

La Belle Ship Wreck presentation by Dr. James Bruseth

La Belle

Ellis County Historical Commission and the Ellis County Museum

at 7:00 PM, Thursday, October 11th

201 South College Street (Ellis County Museum)

to celebrate Archeology Awareness Month.

Dr. James Bruseth, Texas Historical Commission Archeology Division Director, will give a presentation

on the excavation and preservation of the Belle, one of La Salle’s ships

that sank in Matagorda Bay more than 300 years ago.

The talk will describe the efforts that took place inside a large, steel cofferdam built around the shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico.

I believe it will only be for Ellis County Museum members but I will try to attend. The greatest ship wreck find in North America!


Creeker said...

I just came from a presentation by Dr. James Bruseth, Texas Historical Commission Archeology Division Director at the Ellis County Museum. He has written a book [I]Watery Grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle's Shipwreck[/I], La Belle. Texas A&M University Press, 2005. It is definetly the greatest shipwreck find in North America and one of the greatest in the world. Unfortunately we had to surrender ownership to the France because of a record the French found of the La Belle listed as property of the French Navy. So in 95 when La Belle was found France started belly aching and Clinton's secretary of state Albright made us sign a treaty where we pay for it's preservation and keep it here but France owns it. Bastards! The Louvre has people assigned to make sure the artifacts are properly handled. No gold coins were found. The archeologist's thinking was when the ship ran aground the pirates made a make shift raft and probably carried the gold off with them(even though it was worthless in the New World). But they did find a silver coin. It was unidentifiable when excavated. It was sent to Texas A&M to be cleaned and identified. What they found it to be blew their mind. A Roman coin! Their speculation was it was a good luck charm (not so lucky) by one of the sailors. Just think if Jesus had come in contact with the coin and it ended up of the coast of Texas. I'm going to get the book on Amazon. Just the cofferdam the built is worth buying the book. It is truly an amazing find and excavation. There are stories involved in La Salles fateful trip that seem fabricated by Hollywood but are true historically by eyewitness accounts.

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