A research team from the Florida Aquarium used advanced sonar technology to find the wreck of the Scottish Chief in 15 feet of murky water Tuesday. The vessel hadn’t been seen since Union troops burned and sank it in 1863.
The Scottish Chief is believed to be one of the dozen ships that kept Tampa afloat during the war, sailing through Union blockades to Cuba to trade cotton in exchange for medicine, liquor, food and other supplies.
The relic has been lodged underwater near an Interstate 275 overpass.
The find comes one year after the remains of another Civil War steamer, Kate Dale, were discovered in the same river.