Boston construction workers preparing to build on a site in the city's Seaport District made an astonishing discovery in May 2016 -- a complete ship, about 50 feet (15.2 meters) long, buried about 25 feet (7.6 meters) underground.
"This is actually the first complete shipwreck we've been able to find, ever, in the city of Boston. We definitely have shipwrecks in the harbor, but on filled land, this is really a unique opportunity," Joe Bagley, City of Boston Archaeologist, told the Associated Press.

The Seaport District was constructed in the 1880s by filling in mudflats, areas along Boston Harbor that would be exposed during low tide and underwater during high tide. The filled land now supports upscale office buildings, condos and restaurants.

Evidence of a fire was found on the ship, but it is impossible to tell if the fire occurred before, during or after its grounding. The few items found aboard -- two forks, two knives, and a stack of burned plates -- suggest that the crew was able to remove everything of value. 

According to a press release issued by Skanska, the construction company that made the discovery, the ship was constructed sometime between the late 1700s to early 1800s. 

Also discovered in the ship were several barrels of lime, probably brought from Maine to be used in masonry and construction during a 19th-century construction boom. "[It's] now being found during one of the biggest building booms in Boston's history, over 130 years later. They're really part of that same narrative of Boston growing as a city," Bagley said.