Saturday, May 9, 2015

Under Water Discoveries of 2014

Archaeologists working off the coast of Madagascar recovered a large silver bar which is believed to be lost treasure originally belonging to notorious pirate Captain Kidd.

The silver bar weighs in at 120 pounds.
Wreckage of a sunken ship off the coast of Finland has been tentatively identified as the Hanneke Wrome, a legendary 15th-century vessel that sank on its way to Estonia from Germany. Historical records from the time indicate that the ship had a massive cargo of over 10,000 gold coins and a ton of gold jewelry.
One of the co-founders of Microsoft, Paul Allen discovered the wreckage of the WWII Battleship Musashi at depth of 1 km in the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines.
Eleven bottles of some of the world’s oldest champagne sold for more than $156,000 at an auction in Finland after 170 years at the bottom of the sea. Six bottles were Juglar, a house that disappeared in 1829, four were Veuve Clicquot and one was Heidsieck.
Orichalcum, a glittering cast metal, was said by the Ancient Greeks to have originated on the mythical island of Atlantis. A team of divers recovered 39 ingots of the legendary metal from the bottom of the sea floor off the coast of Sicily. The ingots were likely part of a shipment heading to the ancient city of Gela in southern Sicily, before the ship carrying them sank nearly 2,600 years ago.

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