Pieces from real-life 'Goonies' shipwreck found off Oregon coast
By T.K. Randall
June 19, 2022 · 0 comments
The vessel went missing hundreds of years ago. Image Credit: PD - Cornelis Verbeeck
Timbers from the 17th-Century Spanish galleon Santo Cristo de Burgos have been discovered after 300 years.
The famed vessel, which became the inspiration behind the shipwreck found in 80s movie classic 'The Goonies', had been sailing from the Philippines to Mexico in 1693 when it vanished without a trace.
Exactly what happened to the ship would remain a mystery for centuries, but now it has been revealed that marine archaeologists have recovered timbers believed to be from the vessel which were discovered in sea caves on the coast of Oregon by local fisherman.
Now kept at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the timbers have provided clues as to the construction of the vessels of the time, however the whereabouts of the full shipwreck continue to remain elusive as it is likely that the timbers had detached and were carried away by the tide.
The story of the Santo Cristo de Burgos and its lost treasure have endured for centuries, with reports from the 19th-Century indicating that it may have wrecked near Neahkahnie Mountain.
At the time, the legend was supported by chunks of beeswax - which was being transported as part of the ship's cargo - washing up along the shoreline of Nehalem Bay.
As things stand, there's no way to know exactly what condition the shipwreck might be in, however the existence of the timbers suggests that at least some of it might still be intact somewhere.
Finding it, however, will be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Source: Mail Online
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