MOBILE, Ala. — Experts are on the Alabama coast assessing what could be remains of the last ship to bring slaves to the United States.

Officials held a news conference Friday in Mobile to discuss efforts to determine whether pieces of a wooden ship found in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta are those of the Clotilda.

The ship was burned nearly 160 years ago after delivering captives from what is now the west African nation of Benin to Mobile in 1860.

A reporter found ship remains embedded in a river bottom weeks ago during an unusually low tide. Experts say the wreck could be the Clotilda based on its location and construction methods.

Clara Nobles of the Alabama Historical Commission says officials are “all in” on trying to determine if the wreckage is the Clotilda.

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