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Sunken schooner found near Los Angeles

The wreck of a 109-year-old schooner was discovered on the ocean floor near Los Angeles last year after two decades of searching, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday.

The ship, named the George E. Billings, hauled timber at the beginnings of the 1900s from the West Coast to Hawaii and Latin America.  After briefly being turned into a sport-fishing barge, it was scuttled by its owner in 1941, according to a paper presented Monday at the California Islands Symposium in Ventura, Calif.

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