Search to resume for Beeswax shipwreck along Oregon coast

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Maritime Archaeological Society plans to resume searching for the centuries-old Beeswax shipwreck.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports ( ) the wreck is named for the lumps of beeswax that have been found scattered along the Oregon coast for the past two centuries. It is believed to be from a Spanish ship that wrecked in the late 1600s.

A training period will begin in early July. A team of about a dozen people initially will scan the coast between Cape Falcon and Manzanita.

Using an Astoria-based charter boat, the team will use sonar to find the wreck and a magnetometer, designed to locate steel and iron used in the ship.

To help fund the search, the Preserving Oregon Grant program is providing $6,600 from the state Parks and Recreation Department.

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