- Barnacled cannons and anchors were found in waters just 10 feet deep off Catalina Island in the Dominican Republic.
Researchers from Indiana University said today that they believe this to be the wreckage of the Quedagh Merchant, a ship captained by the Scottish privateer in 1699.
"When I first looked down and saw it, I couldn't believe everybody missed it for 300 years," said Charles Beeker, a scuba-diving archaeologist.
"I've been on thousands of wrecks and this is one of the first where it's been untouched by looters." Mr Beeker said the wreckage has been aggressively sought by treasure hunters, including a group with a permit from the Dominican government to scour Catalina for remnants of the ship, which historians believe was scavenged of treasure and burned shortly after Kidd abandoned it.