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"Hiding in plain sight": Archaeologists uncover shipwrecks on busy Virginia waterway

Drive over the Nansemond River in downtown Suffolk and you probably won’t notice anything unusual in the water west of Constant’s Wharf. You might see a fish or two jump, or an osprey above.

But wait for ultra-low tide by the Super 8 motel parking lot, and you might catch a glimpse of what the state is calling Suffolk’s “ghost fleet" — more than a dozen abandoned boats, many from at least a century ago, a time when Suffolk had yet to industrialize and the maritime industry reigned supreme. When the water recedes here, bits and pieces of the wooden vessels start to emerge.

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