Low Mississippi River levels reveal mystery boat

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A sunken boat discovered in southeast Missouri when water levels dropped in the Mississippi River could be an early 20th century barge that carried coal or other goods.

Amy Grammer spotted the wreckage during a walk along the river in September in Cape Girardeau.

The remains of the vessel are mostly buried, apart from a 30-foot-long section in a location that is not being disclosed for safety reasons, according to an article in the Southeast Missourian.

Initial expert observations conclude that the boat is likely a barge from about 1920 that might have been used in conjunction with paddle-wheel boats, based partly on the nails used to hold wooden sections together.

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