History and UK-based October Films have acquired rights to the marine investigation into what is believed to be the remains of the long-lost Santa Maria shipwreck. History is sponsoring the expedition to the site off the coast of Haiti and it will air it at a later date, Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Managers, History and H2 said today. More than five centuries after Columbus’ flagship was wrecked in the Caribbean, an archaeological team led by maritime investigator Barry Clifford believes they have located the famous vessel’s remnants. Now, Clifford, supported by History, is planning to carry out further investigations in the coming months to prove that the ship they found is indeed the Santa Maria.
“All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggest that this wreck is Columbus’ famous flagship,” Clifford said. “I am confident that a full excavation of the wreck will yield the first ever detailed marine archaeological evidence of Columbus’ discovery of America.” (more…)