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5 most interesting shipwreck treasure hauls

5 most interesting shipwreck treasure hauls


1715 Treasure Fleet

The wreck that keeps on revealing more treasure

1715 Treasure Fleet treasure found

More than $1 million worth of gold artefacts, including a rare coin destined for the King of Spain, have just been discovered in the shallow waters approximately 30 miles north of West Palm Beach. A family of professional treasure hunters, called the Schmitts, made the find.

The treasures were found among the 1715 Treasure Fleet, which sank as the result of a hurricane after leaving Havana, Cuba almost exactly 300 years ago. The artefacts, which were only about 15 feet deep in the water, included 51 gold coins and 40 feet of ornate gold chain

"These finds are important not just for their monetary value, but their historical importance," said Brent Brisben, owner of 1715 Fleet-Queen's Jewels, LLC. "One of our key goals is to help learn from and preserve history, and this week's finds draw us closer to those truths."

Since the ship was recovered more than fifty years ago, divers have discovered about $50 million worth of treasure and it is thought more than $400 million worth of treasure may still be hiding below the sea. Unfortunately, Queens Jewels LLC owns the salvaging rights to the entire fleet. However, if you are still interested in visting the area why not consider a luxury yacht charter in Florida?

Picture courtesy of Queens Jewels LLC

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SS City of Cairo

The world undersea salvage record

SS City of Cairo treasure

A treasure that was thought to be forever lost has now seen the light of day after £50 million of cargo, namely silver rupee coins, was recovered from the British steam ship SS City of Cairo by Deep Ocean Search, earlier this year (April 2015).

During a passage from India to England in 1942, SS City of Cairo was struck by German U-boat and sunk 480 miles south of the Atlantic island of St Helena. Found at a depth of 5,150 metres, SS City of Cairo set a world record for the deepest recovery – by comparison, the famed Titanic wreck is found at 3,800 metres deep.

The record-breaking depth did not make the shipwreck dive easy. "The combination of pressure, temperature, repeated dives at this depth and other issues resulted in multiple breakdowns of systems such as we had not experienced before,” the team reported.

Photo courtesy Deep Ocean Search

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Black Swan

Most valuable treasure haul in history


The largest monetary treasure haul found was on the wreck code named Black Swan, discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration in 2007 off of Gibraltar. The salvage team reportedly found 17 tons of coins valued at $500 million; an amount that is both staggering and said to be “unprecedented” in the treasure hunting world.

The crew didn’t release the Black Swan dive site or details on the type of coins it uncovered, and promptly flew its haul back to the US. This caused a courtroom brawl, with the Spanish government filing a claim on the treasure and the US Federal Court demanding Odyssey reveal the wreck’s location. After five years of litigation, the courts ruled in Spain’s favour and the treasure had to be flown back across the pond.

Photo courtesy AP

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