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Sunken Pirate Treasure From Around The World

by GFExplorer
26 October 2013 13 Comments

It would take over 400 years to excavate all of the wrecked ships currently unclaimed on the oceans floors. But just think of all the treasure you might find.

A sunken treasure chest

In the future, will they think shopping trolleys were works of art?

Flor de la Mar – Sumatra, Malaysia

Among the richest shipwrecks never recovered, the 16th Century Portuguese vessel, Flor De La Mar was lost around 1511 in a storm off the northern coast of Sumatra. Containing the stolen treasures of the Melaka kingdom in modern day Malaysia, the Flor de la Mar’s cargo, including 60 tons of gold remains undiscovered despite lying in some of the best diving waters of the world.

Merchant Royal – Dartmouth, UK

Britain’s largest unrecovered treasure haul lies just 21 miles (34 km) from Land’s End in Cornwall. The Merchant Royal, returning to England with a cargo of Spanish treasure sank in bad weather on 23 September 1641, containing 500 bars of gold, silver and precious stones. Bring a dry suit and a torch.

San Jose – Baru Peninsula, Colombia

In 1708, during the War of Spanish Succession, English Commodore, Charles Wagner captured and sank Spanish treasure ship, The San Jose in less than 1000 feet (305 metres) of crystal blue water, between the Isla del Tesoro (known as treasure island) and Baru Peninsula. The San Jose’s cargo is estimated today at a value of more than $1 billion.

Nuestra Senora de Atocha – Key West, Florida, USA

In 1985, Florida treasure hunter Mel Fischer hit the mother lode when, after 16 years of dedicated hunting, he located the wreck of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha about 35 miles (56 km) off the coast of Key West, Florida. Carrying a haul that included over 40 tonnes of silver and gold, 100,000 Spanish coins and Columbian emeralds, Fischer’s family now run diving holidays around the Atocha where artefacts continue to be uncovered.

HMS Victory – English Channel, UK

In 2009 US company Odyssey Marine Exploration announced that it had discovered the predecessor of Lord Nelson’s Victory, sunk in 1744, on a group of rocks known as The Casquets near to the Channel Islands. Thought to contain 100,000 gold coins, a legal row continues as to ownership of the haul.

Notre Dame de la Deliverance – Key West, Florida, USA

In November 1755 Spanish Galleon Notre Dame de la Deliverance left Havana with treasures collected from mines in Mexico, Peru and Colombia. A day later the ship was caught in a hurricane and sank with almost all hands, 40 miles from Florida’s Key West. Containing an estimated $2 billion in lost gold and silver, the site of the Deliverance was allegedly discovered in 2003 but has yet to be raised.

USS San Jacinto – Abacos, Bahamas

The waters off the island of Abacos in the Bahama’s combine some of the world’s best diving, plus an estimated 500 wrecks to discover and explore. Perhaps most interesting of the discovered wrecks in this area is the USS San Jacinto, an experimental civil war era gunship, among the first to be powered by steam, that sank off Chub Rocks in 1865.

Hoi An Junk – Da Nang Peninsula, Vietnam

During the 1990s a junk was discovered which sank in over 260 feet (79 metres) of water, 14 miles (22.5 km) from the Da Nang peninsula in Vietnam. Appearing to be of Thai origin, its spectacular cargo of blue and white and polychrome ceramics, painted with human figures, landscapes, fish, birds, and mythological animals, dates to Vietnam’s Golden Age of the mid-15th century.

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Pascal 8:54 am, 22-Dec-2010

Very interesting article ! Have a look at this website for many more genuine stories of shipwrecks... http://www.oceantreasures.org

Barry 9:51 am, 22-Dec-2010

Wow, love this stuff I read treasure centre every day, if I won the lottery I would be a treasure hunter, I 56 and feel like a kid when I read this stuff, I just can't get enough. Thanks for the excellent reading, you guy's should have a reality show, a sure winner. I remember being allowed to stay up and watch Sea Hunt with Lyodd Bridges because I just loved that kind of thing. I only dream of such a life, Merry Christmas and the best to you in the New Year.

Lynne Raisley 3:34 pm, 22-Dec-2010

There are over 10,000 sunken ships in the Great Lakes area alone and about 30,000,000 world wide. Every ship has a story of its own. And every ship built takes on a life of its own. O what mysteries there are.

bob 2:16 am, 23-Dec-2010

One might want to consider that some of these shipwrecks are actually of historic value, they are a legacy for all and not just something for treasure hunters to pickup and sell at sotheby's. We stopped going into egyptian pyramids and looting stuff almost a century ago, why are shipwrecks any different?

Pascal 3:52 am, 23-Dec-2010

Nobody knows really how many ships have been lost in every seas and oceans of the world ! But since men decided to travel on the liquid, several thousands years ago, ships and lives have been lost, sometimes unrecorded... Billions of $$ are spent for space discovery, but there is still so many mysteries and much to discover on our own planet, including shipwrecks !

Kathy Dowsett 3:21 am, 24-Dec-2010

Yes Lynne you are right---the most famous shipwreck is the Edmund Fitzgerald, made even more famous by Canada's own Gordon Lightfoot!!! I believe these wrecks should be admired and left alone---a lot of them are burial grounds for those who lost their life when the ship sank!!! Kathy Dowsett www.kirkscubagear.com

Owen 11:22 pm, 11-Feb-2011

It's interesting that the "Flor De La Mar" was a Portuguese ship as its name is Spanish, not Portuguese... Anyhow, a great topic and a nice article, Keep it up

ronald 12:57 am, 28-Nov-2011

i have been studying ship wrecks and history is my greatest subject , am studying treasuer hunting on land and sea as where i live lost's history and old civil war battles fought and pirate hunting grounds . any advice would appericate it .

ronald 1:01 am, 28-Nov-2011

been to mel fishers in key west a great place but he payed big price for it / family loss and fighting state of florida, who was trying to take it all from him , but he won

Greg Treseder 8:20 pm, 28-May-2013

It's a mystery that nobody has claimed to have found the Flor De La Mar treasure. The story is so amazing, I wrote a book about it called "The Kingdom Treasure". It's historical fiction, based upon the Flor De La Mar. The research was a lot of fun.

Dell Tad-awan 1:33 pm, 11-Sep-2013

I am an 12 year old girl and ever since i have been interested in myth,treasure hunting and legends ...... i have been researching and studying for every detail about a treasure or myth.... any advice would help....

isabel marant sneakers 8:17 am, 3-Dec-2013

a va être une sacrée pétaudière dans quatre ans s'il est au pouvoir". il disait : "Mettre un pneu Michelin sur un tracteur américain, D'abord ma? Capitaine du navire marchand "Maersk Alabama",Une réunion plénière doit se tenir "d'ici fin décembre", Dutriaux alors que des assemblées générales sont prévues à Paris et en province à 15H00. la jeune prodige japonaise Sara Takanashi,t à Vancouver. "compter les oeufs au cul des poules. a-t-il déclaré.

Marc Acroy 8:37 am, 20-Mar-2014

Been reading about uncovered Treasures, lost cities and historical facts, I really enjoyed them a lot. Thinking maybe someday once I got enough money, I'll start treasure hunting. Not only to find treasures but also to uncover things forgotten by time.

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