NEW YORK (AP) — An explorer who believes he's found the wreckage of Christopher Columbus' flagship vessel off the coast of Haiti says the ship needs to be excavated as quickly as possible and displayed to the world.
Explorer Barry Clifford was in New York on Wednesday to show video of the underwater wreckage he believes is Columbus' Santa Maria.
The Santa Maria ran aground on Christmas Day 1492.
Clifford showed photos and video of what he said was a pile of ballast stones from the wreckage.
He said the wreckage has been looted and needs to be excavated immediately.
Some experts have said it would be difficult to verify that the wreckage Clifford has found really is the Santa Maria.
The History Channel is financing Clifford's exploration of the site.