Ray Midgett has collected many of the artifacts associated with the wreck. Above, a rare coin that he discovered.
"It is a silver, 1642 Charles I, British Crown ... issued during the English Civil War period," Midgett said. "The back of the coin bears the date and wording, "RELIG : PROT : LEG : ANG : LIBER : PAR," which means, 'To uphold the Protestant Religion, the Laws of England and the Liberty of Parliament.'"
The 17-foot-wide (5 meters) by 37-foot-long (11 m) wreckage was lifted from the truck bed and placed on a concrete pad behind the Graveyard of the Atlantic…Read More »
Museum, where research on the pieces continues as part of a working exhibit. Visitors can watch as archeologists try to solve the mystery and unravel the story of the shipwreck.
"For anyone interested in history, in shipwrecks or the maritime mysteries of the area, this is an absolute must see artifact," said Joseph Schwarzer, director of the North Carolina Maritime Museums. "It is unique, it is of enormous importance, and it could easily become a central point of destination for maritime and the broader cultural traveler."