Arthur Shippee forwarded this article about a wreck found in Namibia. Thanks. -Editor
It was almost 500 years ago when The Bom Jesus, a Portuguese sailing ship, inexplicably vanished while en route to India. The vessel
was carrying an immense treasure that has eluded even the most ardent and focused treasure hunters. A recent discovery in the Namibia desert,
however, may signal the end of that hunt.
In 2008, miners were pushing their bulldozers across the golden sands, when they happened upon metal, wood, and pipes assembled in a
strange, and at the time indiscernible, mass. A call was made to archaeologist Dieter Noli who quickly identified the objects on the
“disturbed beach” as a shipwreck.
Amid the wreckage were 44,000 pounds of copper ingots, which archaeologist Bruno Werz believes allowed the ship to survive its 500-year
The ship's cargo matches that of The Bom Jesus, as articulated by the sixteenth-century book, “Memorias Das Armadas,” which lists
the ship as lost. The ship mysteriously disappeared in 1533 which would make this the oldest shipwreck to be discovered in Sub Saharan
Nearly 24 pounds of treasure were discovered. Among these relics were 2,000 mint condition gold coins from Portugal and Spain,
Portuguese silver coins, cannons made of bronze, tons of copper ingots, more than 50 elephant tusks, and navigational tools.
“We figured out the ship came in, it hit a rock and it leaned over,” said Noli. “The superstructure started breaking up and the chest
with the coins was in the captain's cabin, and it broke free and fell to the bottom of the sea intact… In breaking up, a very heavy part of
the side of the ship fell on that chest and bent some of the coins. You can see the force by which the chest was hit, but it also protected
24 pounds? 24 tons? Somehow this doesn't make sense.
I poked around online for more information, but wasn't able to verify the information. Great discovery regardless. -Editor
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Treasure Shipwreck Found Off Namibia
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Ancient ship found in desert -- with gold
Wayne Homren, Editor
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