A ship was believed to have vanished in the Bermuda Triangle. Scientists found it after almost 95 years

A diver studies a shipwreck off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida, for clues that would prove it is the SS Cotopaxi.

(CNN)The SS Cotopaxi vanished in 1925 and for decades, people speculated that it may have been a victim of the infamous Bermuda Triangle.

It turns out, the ill-fated freighter is at the bottom of the ocean about 35 miles from St. Augustine, Florida, according to scientists, who say they've identified the ship. The site is known as "The Bear Wreck" to divers and spearfishers, who were unaware of its history.
Michael Barnette first dove the wreck about 15 years ago and has been trying to identify it for a while. Barnette is a biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and has identified dozens of shipwrecks and downed airplanes as an independent researcher.
    "I knew my heart that it was the Cotopaxi, but trying to prove it is something different," he told CNN. "We didn't know 100% because we didn't have that smoking gun, we didn't have a bell with a name on it, or anything like that."
    The Cotopaxi was a steam-powered freighter that set sail on November 29, 1925, with a cargo of coal on a trip from Charleston, South Carolina, to Havana, Cuba, when it disappeared with 32 people on board.
    Barnette suspected for years that "The Bear Wreck" was the Cotopaxi and laid out his proof in the Science Channel series "Shipwreck Secrets" that will premiere on February 9.
    Barnette worked with a historian to dig up court records, insurance documents and other information about the Cotopaxi.
    "When I saw the research he did, I was pretty impressed," said Chuck Meide, the director of the Lighthouse Maritime Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP). "He had done a lot of archival research, and he had the plans of the Cotopaxi and he had the court records of the relatives of the crew that perished in the incident, who sued the owner of the company."
    They dove to the wreck site again last year and took measurements of key areas that have survived 95 years in the ocean.
    "Those things matched up with the blueprints we had of the ship," Meide told CNN. "So, the size of the boilers match exactly, the position of the boilers. The layout of the ship."
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