Archeologists have discovered the long lost wreckage of a luxury Canadian steamship that disappeared into South Saskatchewan River more than a century ago.
A pet project of Scottish nobleman captain Horatio Hamilton Ross, the 'SS City of Medicine Hat' sank on June 7, 1908 after hitting telegraph wires and colliding into the columns of the newly-built Traffic Bridge in Saskatoon, the Globe and Mail reported.
Despite leaving no casualties behind, the incident was described as the “greatest nautical disaster in Prairie history.”
Speaking to a press conference on Thursday, archeologists said a drilling crew working on the defunct Traffic Bridge had in August dug up more than 1,000 artifacts, including exquisite ceramics, tableware, clothing, and an antique boot from the early 1900s.
“I’ve been an archaeologist for 33 years and the thrill of discovery never gets any less,” Butch Amundson, senior archeologist with Stantec Consulting, said according to the Star Phoenix. “We were just ecstatic that we found it,” he added.
Locals first stumbled upon parts of the ship in 2006 when a team of firefighters found one of the ship's anchors, CBC News reported.