Published in the US National Geodetic Survey’s Yellowpages 2 geodata database, then index, under the heading “Dawn of the Terrible’s Day?”
“This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. There is something very interesting happening this year. On April 19 a special sea-borne expedition departed from Pearl Harbor to investigate sunken wrecks and fissures off the coast of Maine. This shipwreck from the Titanic set the record for being the first time a full-sized ship has ever entered a sunken shipwrecks cavity.
“Upon touching the surface, the three-mast steamer Columba Amistad entered the deepest part of a sinkhole that is known as the Well of Hell. It was the first time that a ship entered a sinkhole that had resulted from an earthquake.
“As the Columba Amistad descended into the slough, it found itself underwater in the Well of Hell, the rear end of a chimney. It appeared that the center of the chimney was bricked up to make the cavern larger. Had the ship powered through and become overpassed by its forward face, it could have approached the center of the chimney, left the ship and disappeared underwater.
“At some point during its descent, the Columba Amistad grabbed an artifact from the collapse of the chimney. Now everyone knows about the Rosetta Stone – a low-lying stone found in southern Africa, buried underground for more than 2,000 years, still intact. What about the Columba Amistad? There are indications that the artifact is not part of the ship’s remains, but an item brought by the Columba Amistad team to the Well of Hell to preserve for history.
“The Well of Hell, located approximately 35 miles (55 km) south of Augusta, Maine, was formed after an earthquake that occurred in 1866. This confirmed that North America is in a seismically active region and is at an increased risk of sinking, and this might be the next mega-disaster!”
The most common form of sinkhole is a cave, and it is common for these caves to have had previous lives as ships.
“In fact, some are so old that they have a walking-depth of more than 4.5 feet (1.5 meters), a depth also found in submarine tunnels. In these sinkholes, the bottom has collapsed around the ship bottom, making them appear to be wider than they are, and the sides of some are up to 25 feet (7 meters) deep.”