Freeze-dried shipwreck

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Posted: Jul 17, 2014 7:26 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Jul 17, 2014 7:26 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: la Salle, French, explorer, La Belle, Texas A&M, truck, Austin, museum

BRYAN, TEXAS- What's left of a famous French explorer's ship is on the move again from Texas A&M University to a museum in Austin, centuries after it sank off the Texas coast.

The ship belonged to Rene-Robert Caveliere Sieur de la Salle.

The keel and other large pieces were discovered about 20-years ago and freeze-dried for preservation. The pieces were loaded onto a truck at a lab at Texas A&M for the 85 mile drive to Austin.

The ship sank in 1685 in an ill-fated search to find the mouth of the Mississippi River in an attempt by the French to colonized Texas. The ship sank in a storm and La Salle was killed by his own men.

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