Thursday, February 03, 2005


Ship artifacts no longer for sale on eBay


News Journal Online
February 02, 2005

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Timbers and hardware from an 18th-century British merchant ship discovered buried on the beach are no longer up for sale on the Internet.

Just one day after state archaeology officials discovered the items had been posted on the Internet auction site eBay, the sale was canceled.

"This listing was ended by the seller," said eBay spokesman Hani Durzy. "It is not our position to speculate why he ended the sale. It was his choice."

The posting said the items were no longer available.

The auction, which garnered no bids, raised the hackles of state officials who said the unidentified seller was selling state property.

The seller claimed the timbers and hardware had broken off a wreck uncovered by Hurricane Jeanne after being buried in the sand near Third Avenue for hundreds of years.

Robert Smith, Florida's State Underwater Archaeologist, said the sale was illegal because the remains were part of a state archaeological site.

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