Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Drinkin' Wine Spo-De-Do-- Part 2: Sinking and Wine Recovery

They don't know whether it is a good or bad wine.  It was recovered from the iron-hulled sidewheel blockade-runner Mary Celestia which left Bermuda and struck a reef and sank in six minutes.  No one knows if it was an accident or on purpose.

Philippe Rouja, cultural anthropologist and custodian of historic shipwrecks for Bermuda and his brother Jean-Pierre Rouja were diving on shipwrecks in 2011.  A winter storm had swept the wreck and that is when they found the wine in a secret boatswain's locker in the bow of the ship.

Later dives turned up more bottles of wine, sealed bottles of perfume, women's shoes, hairbrushes and pearl shell buttons.

Does Wine Age Under the Sea?  --Old B-Runner

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