PAPAHANAUMOKUAKEA (KHNL) - Archaeologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently discovered the shipwreck remains of the 1837 British whaling ship Gledstane.
The shipwreck was found within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument during a month-long expedition to discover shipwrecks in monument waters.
The NOAA dive team discovered a variety of artifacts including four massive anchors, iron ballast, cannons and cannon balls.
"For years I have been coming up to Kure Atoll in hopes of searching for this particular shipwreck, but in the past we have been deterred by the weather and unworkable conditions," said Kelly Gleason, NOAA archaeologist for the Monument and mission leader. "This year, the Gledstanes was revealed to us, and we couldn't be more thrilled with the opportunity to share this wreck site and its story with the public."
The Gledstanes is the fourth whaling ship and one of the oldest ships discovered in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.