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Long lost San Jose galleon found off Colombia

By T.K. Randall
December 5, 2015 · Comment icon 9 comments

The San Jose was sunk by the British. Image Credit: Samuel Scot / National Maritime Museum
One of the largest hauls of sunken treasure in the world has finally been located after 300 years.
Described as the holy grail of shipwrecks, the San Jose galleon was carrying a cargo overflowing with gold, silver and gems when it was sunk by a British warship in 1708.

Now after years of searching for the wreck, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia has announced that its precise whereabouts on the sea floor have finally been discovered.

It is thought that the ship's contents could be worth between $4 and $17 billion.

The vessel was part of the fleet of King Philip V who had been fighting the British during the War of the Spanish Succession. It went down along with all of its treasures in the Caribbean Sea near to the port city of Cartagena following an intense naval battle.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (9)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by seeder 9 years ago
Lots of value involved too, that will cause some wrangling over who gets it I bet... from the OP The Colombian government's announcement on Friday that it had found the San Jose did not mention its long-running quarrel with US-based salvage company Sea Search Armada (SSA) over claims to the treasure - estimated to be worth between $4bn and $17bn (£2.6bn-£11bn; €3.7bn-€15.6bn).
Comment icon #2 Posted by IBelieveWhatIWant 9 years ago
$4 to $17 billion. That's a $16,999,999,996 gap in estimates.
Comment icon #3 Posted by badeskov 9 years ago
$4 to $17 billion. That's a $16,999,999,996 gap in estimates. No, it a $13 billion dollar gap. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #4 Posted by badeskov 9 years ago
Lots of value involved too, that will cause some wrangling over who gets it I bet... from the OP Actually, it was my understanding that while a US salvage team was involved, Colombia was by a US court awarded the loot. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #5 Posted by IBelieveWhatIWant 9 years ago
No, it a $13 billion dollar gap. Cheers, Badeskov Yeah I was being a smart ass because of the way it was worded.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Eldorado 9 years ago
This is in the wrong forum. Is it not?
Comment icon #7 Posted by badeskov 9 years ago
Yeah I was being a smart ass because of the way it was worded. Gotcha :-) Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #8 Posted by stevemagegod 9 years ago
Dam Josh Gates you certainly missed out on this grand discovery.
Comment icon #9 Posted by woopypooky 9 years ago
is this the grandest discovery of treasure ever?


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