Irish shipwreck the site of mystery and coconuts

A shipwreck found off the coast of Ireland carried an exotic cargo of Iberian pottery and coconuts. The coconuts, which likely sank in the late 16th or early 17th century, would mark the earliest known arrival of this fruit in Ireland.

Archaeologists do not know yet where the ship was from but have speculated it could be from the Spanish Armada or it could belong to Algerian pirates who raided the coast in 1631. It could also be a trading ship blown off course.

The ship was found during construction of a wastewater treatment plant. [photo]