'The Generals at Yorktown' by James Peale. Note masts of sunken British ships.
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Researchers scouting the York River for Revolutionary War shipwrecks found another one on June 19 — complete with cannons, "a historic diver's dream." Like most of the 10 wrecks previously discovered, this one is entombed in the muck. These wrecks are the remnants of Lord Cornwallis’ fleet, sunk in 1781, and are a reminder of the pivotal role Yorktown played. So many wrecks have been found that this area became the first underwater listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The full excavation divers have detected at least 2, possibly 3 cannons, as well as the ship's deck. However they must now wait for the proper permits and conservation plans. It's not yet known whether this Revolutionary War ship was equipped with a flight deck.