CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A museum curator says a sunken boat discovered in southeast Missouri may be an early 20th-century barge that carried coal or other goods.
A Cape Girardeau woman found the boat in September on city property but the exact location is not being revealed. The boat was found after this summer's drought dropped water levels on the Mississippi River.
An initial observation by James Phillips, curator at the Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University, indicated the boat is likely empty. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will allow him to take a core sample of the wreckage for further investigation.
The Southeast Missourian reports (http://bit.ly/T97Wbx ) permits are being sought for excavation work. Those involved hope an archaeological survey can be completed before the water again covers the boat.