Crane gets stuck trying to move shipwreck on Ponte Vedra Beach

Crews to try to move wooden hull Friday morning when tide goes out

By Ashley Harding - Reporter, Colette DuChanois - Web producer

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Archeologists from the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum have teamed up with the state to salvage a large piece of a shipwreck on Ponte Vedra Beach.

Crews will attempt, for a second time, to remove the 47-foot-long wooden hull to higher ground- where it will be safer, Friday morning.

On Thursday, they brought in a crane to the artifact.

But the crane got stuck in the sand. Crews then had to secure the hull with a rope to make sure it wouldn't wash back out into the ocean during high tide. 

Crews said they will try again Friday around 7 a.m. when the tide goes out. 

Meanwhile, people from all over the area have been stopping by to get an up close look. 

"It's a pretty historic event," one beachgoer said.

RELATED: Shipwreck may be from 18th century

The shipwreck is the property of the state of Florida. 

After surveying it, experts believe it is from a ship that may date back to the 18th century.

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