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

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!

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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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.

One fateful evening

One fateful evening

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

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

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...

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

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

Finally, the treasure began to be unearthed.

Finally, the treasure began to be unearthed.

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!

Full recovery

Full recovery

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

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!

The cargo was transported to the Treasures of the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas City.

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