As the nation approaches the 200 year commemoration of the War of 1812, archaeologists in Maryland are working to excavate a sunken ship that may date. back to the war. Using nearly 400,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the researchers believe the ship may be the remains of the U.S.S. Scorpion, which was tasked with defending Washington, D.C., but was sunk by the British. According to the Washington Post, "[t]he excavation is part of Maryland's effort to create a tourism cash cow from the bicentennial of a war whose biggest claim to fame is inspiring "The Star-Spangled Banner.'" The entire project may consume as much as $4 million total, but all of the funding has not yet been arranged. Questions have been raised, however, about why the state's transportation funding was used for this purpose even as Maryland has over 250 deficient bridges.
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