Old Boat Found As River Level Drops

The extreme drought has helped uncover a wooden boat in the Tar river nearly 200 years old.

The remains of this rare wooden boat were found in in the Tar river near the Old Sparta bridge in Tarboro.

Assistant state archaeologist Nathan Henry says the 80 foot boat was made around the 1820's, and preceded steamboats. Tarboro once had an active port center. Henry also says that it was common practice during that time to desert a boat if it leaked or had to many problems.

State officials plan to do more research on the boat and ask that the public not to disturb it.