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American merchant steamer, the SS Cotopaxi went missing in 1925 while on a routine voyage. The ship was on its way to Cuba before it vanished, leading to many believing it had become lost in the phenomenon until recently.
Now, however, marine biologist and underwater explorer, Michael Bernette has revealed his team has finally found crucial records which could pinpoint the location of the vessel when it went missing.
Although it has not been seen since, Mr Barnette and his team believe they’ve found the ship 35 miles off the coast of Florida, near the port of St Augustine.
Before their discovery, the explorer found the ship had sent a distress signal on December 1, 1925.
Mr Bernette told Newsweek: “We know that on that voyage something happened because she delivered a mayday message early December saying she’s in distress.
Mr Barnette added: “We approach all these shipwrecks kind of like a cold case murder case, right?
“You know, you have the body there.
“You try and gain whatever information you can.
“There’s a whole bunch of tools that we use to try to identify these wrecks.”
Previous claims had also reported the ship had gone missing near a restricted military zone off the coast of Cuba.
That 2015 speculation was later dismissed as a hoax before Mr Barnette’s monumental discovery.
Mr Barnette’s research will feature on an episode of Shipwreck Secrets on the Science Channel in February.