- Nearly 130-year-old shipwreck unearthed in Missouri River due to low water conditions
- Abner O’Neill brought 9,000 bushels of wheat from Washburn to Mandan, North Dakota in 1892.
- About 32% of Missouri is experiencing drought, up from 6% in March
- Abner O’Neill is about 25 miles north of Bismarck, North Dakota
- She was built in 1884 and is named after Captain Abner O’Neill, a shipping man from the Steubenville/Wheeling steamboat industry of the 1870s.
A nearly 130-year-old shipwreck has been unearthed in the Missouri River as the region experienced severe drought and river levels fell by more than two feet.
Abner O’Neill was wrecked north of Bismarck, North Dakota in 1892, while bringing 9,000 bushels of wheat from Washburn to Mandan, KYFR-TV Report.
According to Fox 4About a third, or 31.9 percent, of land area in Missouri is experiencing drought.
This is up from March, when just six per cent of the state was dry, which began to pose a problem for crops.
More than 1.8 million people, or just over 30 percent of the state’s population, are affected.
In April, the US Drought Monitor said that nearly 50 percent of the US was experiencing severe drought conditions.
Since she wrecked, the steamboat has sunk in the Missouri River, but history buffs are getting their first look at the ancient wreck.
“I thought it would be a great thing to see,” Kecker Nick Edinger told the news outlet.
“Being close to it, it’s quite exciting to see how it has maintained its shape,” he said.
‘It’s amazing that it’s still sitting where it was sunk.’
Abner O’Neill, which is about 25 miles north of Bismarck, North Dakota, was built in 1884 in Freedom, Pennsylvania.
Abner O’Neill is about 25 miles north of Bismarck, North Dakota.
He was built in 1884 in Freedom, Pennsylvania, according to State Historical Society of North Dakota.
They are named after Captain Abner O’Neill, a well-known shipping figure in the Steubenville/Wheeling steamboat industry of the 1870s.
It operated successfully for many years, bringing both freight and passengers up and down the region.
The ship was finally sold to the Missouri River Transportation Company in March 1890.
In November 1891, she became trapped in the early winter snow in the Painted Woods area, where she remained for four months until April 1892.
On 17 July, she hit a submerged snag or reef and began to sink, with the cargo and boat eventually submerged.
For 130 years, she was exposed only seasonally, during the fall in Lake Sakakawi, before the waters freeze again in winter.
In the October 2020 campaign, photographs of the site and the Abner O’Neill wreck were taken using drones
However, in September 2020, archaeologists from the State Historical Society of North Dakota were informed that the debris was visible due to low water conditions.
In the October 2020 campaign, images of the site and debris were taken using drones.
Further analysis of the area, including mosaics, videos and other images taken by the agency’s archaeologists, is ongoing.