Divers have discovered the wreckage of an unidentified ship about thirty miles from the shore near Boston. Scholars
believe that the ship sank during a devastating hurricane that swept through the northeastern United States and
down the coast in 1872, but there are no records of the ship available to confirm this hypothesis
The scholars’ hypothesis is most strongly supported by which of the following, if true?
A: Among the cargo found on board the wreckage of the ship were several trunks of woodworking tools of a kind that
were popular from about 1850 to 1890
B: Among the munitions discovered on board the wreckage were several trunks of guns of varieties that were popular
in the late 1860s; no munitions manufactured subsequent to 1870 were discovered.
C: It is widely accepted that Hurricane Bridie caused significant damage in the northeastern United States in 1872.
D: Ceramics and pottery glazed in a style that was popular during the latter half of the 19th century were found among
the wreckage of the ship, along with assorted items of cutlery
E: Divers found clay pipes in the cargo hold that were of a kind sold in tobacco shops in the early 1900s
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