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What Was Found In The Remains Of A 150-Year-Old Steamboat Is Just Shocking

What Was Found In The Remains Of A 150-Year-Old Steamboat Is Just Shocking
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One fateful evening in 1856, packed with supplies for the American frontier, the Steamboat Arabia, once a mighty ship that ruled the waters was pulled down from the depths to the rocky floor. And now, after over a century later, it has been rediscovered. But what's simply amazing is that the contents of the ship are still edible! Shocked! Scroll down to see what it is!

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The Steamboat Arabia

The Steamboat Arabia

The mighty Steamboat Arabia was once a primary means of travel for many citizens of the American Frontier, making its living on the gleaming interstate of the Missouri River.

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One fateful evening

One fateful evening
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One fateful evening, the Steamboat Arabia met its nemesis - a submerged walnut tree! The tree ripped into the ship's hull, the pulled it down into the water.

Saving lives

Saving lives
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Somehow, the passengers were able to swim to safety. But what they left behind, is now rediscovered as a lost treasure!

Over the last 132 years

Over the last 132 years
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Over the last 132 years, the Missouri shifted a half-mile to the east, and the remnants of the steamboat were sealed beneath the earth and clay. It was a forgotten legacy.

Then in 1987...

Then in 1987...
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In 1987, Bob Hawley and his sons began to pursue the dead Arabia. They used a proton magnetometer to pinpoint the likely location of the forgotten ship, and hence began digging.

The long process

The long process
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The process was long, and involved the removal of over 200,000 gallons of water and tons of mud.

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Finally, the treasure began to be unearthed.

Finally, the treasure began to be unearthed.
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The first pieces to be discovered in the wreck were a black shoe and a portion of the left paddlewheel.

Next came a Chinese set, perfectly preserved in the mud!

Next came a Chinese set, perfectly preserved in the mud!
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Full recovery

Full recovery
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By November 1988, the entire hull of the steamboat was recovered and so was all that it held.

Then came the edible stuff

Then came the edible stuff
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The mud had so perfectly preserved the content was still edible. In fact, one of the researchers tested it by eating a pickle.

All treasures in exhibit!

All treasures in exhibit!
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The cargo was transported to the Treasures of the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas City.

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