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Frozen in time: Divers recover stunning collection of British treasure from the wreck ...
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 4 November 2013 | Sam Webb

Posted on 11/10/2013 7:36:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv

* Divers spent two years recovering the haul from the bed of the Caribbean

* The unnamed galleon is thought to have sunk around 1540

* It held 1,200 top quality items, bound for Spanish ambassador's mansion

Specialist divers spent two years extracting the pewter plates and bowls from beneath the waves off the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean.

More than 1,200 items of the finest quality English pewter were recovered from the wreck of the unnamed galleon which is thought to have sunk around 1540...

It is believed the ship was transporting the incoming Spanish ambassador from Seville to his new colonial home on the island of Hispaniola, now the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Onboard was thousands of top quality dining sets bound for the tables of his luxurious mansion.

But disaster struck when the ship sunk after hitting rocks on the easternmost tip of the island off Punta Cana.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: dominicanrepublic; godsgravesglyphs; haiti; hispaniola; pewter
Hallmark: A close-up of the mark of Sir Thomas Curtis, London's top pewterer in the 1600s

Hallmark: A close-up of the mark of Sir Thomas Curtis, London's top pewterer in the 1600s

1 posted on 11/10/2013 7:36:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: Albion Wilde; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

Full title, "Frozen in time: Divers recover stunning collection of British treasure from the wreck of a 500-year-old galleon sunk in Caribbean". Thanks Albion Wilde.

2 posted on 11/10/2013 7:37:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Just beautiful.


3 posted on 11/10/2013 7:40:06 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks for this interesting post!


4 posted on 11/10/2013 7:47:01 PM PST by bkopto (Obama and Biden are merely symptoms of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: bkopto; Ciexyz

My pleasure, I’m impressed by the great condition of these items. Of course, the junk won’t get photographed, either. :’)


5 posted on 11/10/2013 7:51:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s hard to believe that saltwater wouldn’t do moredamage than that.


6 posted on 11/10/2013 7:57:20 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow. Thanks for posting!


7 posted on 11/10/2013 7:57:23 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless Americad)
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To: SunkenCiv
Hey! I sunk that ship in Pirates! The Governors daughter was a babe.
8 posted on 11/10/2013 8:00:37 PM PST by 98ZJ USMC
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To: 98ZJ USMC

;’)


9 posted on 11/10/2013 8:09:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: pax_et_bonum

My pleasure.


10 posted on 11/10/2013 8:09:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Pewter must be just right. By contrast if a com-pewter spends 450 years submerged...


11 posted on 11/10/2013 8:09:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s mine!

Sorry guys, I was rowing over there a few hundred years ago and it sank.

Thanks for dredging it all up and stuff though.

Just gimme the money and we’ll call it even steven.


12 posted on 11/10/2013 10:37:46 PM PST by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
Salvage rights, and all that...


13 posted on 11/11/2013 5:47:04 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow! What a great find! Thanks for sharing SunkenCiv.


14 posted on 11/11/2013 7:17:10 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: SunkenCiv

might be a little nit=picky but I seriously doubt that the ambassador was carrying thousands of place seettings for his residence on the island.

At the time, the entire population of Spaniards that an aristocrat would invite to dinner would probably be less than 100


15 posted on 11/11/2013 10:12:55 AM PST by wildbill
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Apparently saltwater preserves gold and just reacts with a lot of the other metals.


16 posted on 11/11/2013 11:51:50 AM PST by willyd (I for one welcome our NSA overlords)
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To: wildbill

Maybe he had a big family. :’)


17 posted on 11/11/2013 7:11:59 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv
The quality is stunning. Much of the find looks new.

Punta Cana today has some great high end resorts.

18 posted on 11/12/2013 2:11:21 PM PST by colorado tanker
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