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Century-old ship discovered by father and son in Nash County to be preserved and open to the public

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Century-old ship discovered by father and son in Nash County to be preserved and open to the public

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HOLLISTER, NC (WTVD) – It’s been two years since a father and son in Nash County discovered a ship buried on their land and since then they’ve been digging a lot.

Meanwhile, Tim and his son Ross Fisher uncovered artifacts and made plans for the ship’s future.

ABC11 first visited the Fishers in 2019 after a drought exposed part of the wooden boat buried in mud on their 17 acres of land in Hollister.

The fishermen discovered that the 94-foot-long vessel is the Robinson Gold Dredge. The boat was used in the early 1900s during the eastern state gold rush and was later abandoned to be discovered more than a century later.

Since the discovery, father and son and a team of devoted friends have worked with the state and the EPA to carefully dig and expose the dredge uncovering treasure along the way.

“We found some gold in there,” Tim said. “There’s gold in the ship. It’s fine gold. One of the coolest things we found was right below where the bridge was and it had rotted. . There was a just perfect mason jar. No cracks, nothing. Inside that mason The jar was a silver spoon that someone had eaten in. We found an old boot heel, you know, where the guys worked and all kinds of really unique artifacts. “

The fishermen are preserving the artifacts they find with a small on-site museum and plan to rebuild the double-decker ship. Tim says they already welcome many visitors curious to see the ship, but plan to expand it to make it more public.

A cabin is in place with more on the way. Ross Fisher will soon be opening the NC Treasure Hunters Campground. Guests will be able to hunt for gold, shark teeth, tour and learn about the ship and the history that took place deep in the woods of Nash County.

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