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An anchor thought to be from a shipwreck carrying a billion pounds of treasure has been found off Cornwall

'There will be people going after the treasure' Shipwreck Cornwall treasure The Merchant Royal sank off Land’s End in September 1641
(Photo: SWNS) Josh Barrie Josh Barrie 6 days Monday March 4th 2019 The i newsletter News for free thinkers In brief

The Merchant Royal sank in 1641 while carrying gold bars and Mexican silver In today's money, the ship's cargo would be worth in excess of £1 billion An expert scuba diver said people should be cautious about treasure hunting in dangerous seas

A scuba-diving treasure hunter said he now fears a “dangerous” gold rush after what is thought to be the anchor of the most valuable British shipwreck in history was found off the coast of Cornwall.

The anchor is believed to be that of the Merchant Royal, which sank some 400 years-ago while carrying 100,000 pounds of gold and 400 bars of Mexican silver – thought to be worth more than £1bn today.

It was found just 20 miles south of Land’s End, Cornwall, and is expected to lure divers to the area in a bid to find any riches that might be lurking at the bottom of the sea. Shipwreck Cornwall treasure A painting by Robert Salmon depicting a British ship floundering near dangerous rock (SWNS)

Treasure trove of gold and silver
But Mark Milburn, who runs Atlantic Scuba and regularly visits shipwrecks around the Cornish coast, said the location was so treacherous that explorers would be risking their lives by attempting to reach it.

Mr Milburn, from Mabe Burnthouse, Cornwall, conceded that the anchor matches the one from the Merchant Royal, but said adventurers would require specialist equipment and expertise to dive the 300ft site.

“There will be people going after the treasure,” said the 55-year-old.

“My main concern will be people taking it and not telling anyone. It’s a well-known legend, people know that it’s still out there in deep water.

“Everyone will be after it, won’t they? It was an old wooden ship and the timber gets eaten away and only iron and metal bits will be left.

“All that will be on the seabed is an anchor, cannons and treasure – so long as no one has taken it already.”

Shipwreck Cornwall treasure
The anchor is thought to have come from the 17th century galleon (Photo: SWNS) Shipwreck Cornwall treasure

The ship sank not far off the coast of Cornwall (Photo: SWNS)

Treacherous seas
The Merchant Royal, a 17th-century English galleon, was known as “the El Dorado of the seas”, and traded with Spanish colonies between 1637 to 1640.

As well as its golden and silver, the vessel sank while carrying nearly 500,000 pieces of eight and other coins – making it one of the most valuable wrecks of all time.

Added Mr Milburn: “I know there are lots of anchors that look just like that one – it’s from a big wooden ship. “It’s an admiralty patterned long shank anchor, it’s the right type for the Merchant Royal.

“Any find like this is exciting, we know the ship was carrying millions of pounds worth of treasure, it would be worth billions in today’s money.

“The spot where it was found is about 300ft deep – there are very few people that are qualified to dive that deep.

“I’ll be going out there to have a look, but we’ve got to wait for the right conditions and because the conditions are so treacherous, the window is very narrow. “The site is exposed and we need the tide to be right and a weekend with no wind.

Because of the depth, you don’t get long to look for it. “It’s dangerous diving. It takes a lot of equipment and most divers know that – you need to be an experienced technical diver.”

Shipwreck Cornwall treasure Divers will probably go treasure hunting (Photo: SWNS)

Fishing vessel hauled the anchor up
The site is within British waters so the find will have to be reported to the Receiver of Wreck, an official body that administers law dealing with salvage rights in the UK. Despite this, Mr Milburn said that whomever brings up the treasure could still end up keeping it, though a licence is required.

The anchor pulled up over the weekend was found by crew aboard a fishing vessel called the Spirited Lady. Mr Milburn is now working with the skipper to find a place to store the anchor in order to stop it decomposing further. He wants to store it in freshwater to slow the ageing process so he can study the anchor in an effort to determine its exact age.

The scuba diver added: “The guy who found it was fishing and he brought it up because he had it in his net. “He’s been talking with me about where he could put it, I happen to have a friend who has a flooded quarry – that’s likely to be where it ends up.

“When it gets there I will go and get a better look at it, it’s a desalinated quarry – the anchor needs to be preserved. “It is being arranged at the minute. Currently it will be rusting somewhere, we need to move it as soon as we can.” More Cornwall

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/merchant-royal-anchor-shipwreck-billions-pounds-treasure-cornwall/


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Knowing what we know now....... who thinks the rothchilds pirated the ship before sinking it & then killed :tongue: the hired pirates that did the looting?
 

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once again, another loud mouth who spoils his 'discovery'

I'll bet, many others who could locate booty from this wreck will not tell anyone, no one will know anything about what they take except for the local pawn shop who's going to make a small fortune on their own


edit:
How deep is the wreck though to be?
gonna go back and check

300 ft, beyond a 'free dive' depth of most people/all people?
it's going to be safe from most of the 'shore crowd' who would be interested, they basically don't have the tools to get to it
 

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Most recreational scuba diving organizations set the maximum depth for a certified, experienced recreational divers breathing air at 130 feet. Divers should heed this guideline. The fact that extremely experienced, technical divers have descended beyond 1000 feet on admittedly risky dives does not mean that recreational divers have any business breaking suggested depth limits. When a diver considers the reasons behind established depth limits, it becomes obvious why breaking depth guidelines is foolish.

Considerations in Determining a Maximum Depth
  • Decompression Status
    The deeper a diver descends, the shorter his no-decompression limit will be. For example, a diver who descends to 40 feet can remain at the depth for 140 minutes (air supply permitting). A diver who descends to 130 feet can stay only 10 minutes at that depth before accumulating so much nitrogen in his body that he requires a series of decompression stops on the way up to reduce his risk of decompression sickness. Descending beyond 130 feet without decompression dive training does not allow a diver much time to enjoy his dive.
  • Air Consumption
    A diver breathes air at the pressure of the water around him (ambient pressure). The deeper a diver goes, the more the air he breathes compresses (learn more about water pressure and diving). At a depth of 130 feet, a diver consumes his air approximately five times faster than he does on the surface. Divers who plan on diving to this depth will find that their dive time is limited by air consumption. Not only will a diver use his air more quickly at greater depths, but he will also require a large air reserve for the long ascent from deep dives.
https://www.thoughtco.com/how-deep-can-you-scuba-dive-2963210
 

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Don't they have underwater drones?
 

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once again, another loud mouth who spoils his 'discovery'

I'll bet, many others who could locate booty from this wreck will not tell anyone, no one will know anything about what they take except for the local pawn shop who's going to make a small fortune on their own


edit:
How deep is the wreck though to be?
gonna go back and check

300 ft, beyond a 'free dive' depth of most people/all people?
it's going to be safe from most of the 'shore crowd' who would be interested, they basically don't have the tools to get to it
People are stupid!
 

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Most recreational scuba diving organizations set the maximum depth for a certified, experienced recreational divers breathing air at 130 feet. Divers should heed this guideline. The fact that extremely experienced, technical divers have descended beyond 1000 feet on admittedly risky dives does not mean that recreational divers have any business breaking suggested depth limits. When a diver considers the reasons behind established depth limits, it becomes obvious why breaking depth guidelines is foolish.

Considerations in Determining a Maximum Depth
  • Decompression Status
    The deeper a diver descends, the shorter his no-decompression limit will be. For example, a diver who descends to 40 feet can remain at the depth for 140 minutes (air supply permitting). A diver who descends to 130 feet can stay only 10 minutes at that depth before accumulating so much nitrogen in his body that he requires a series of decompression stops on the way up to reduce his risk of decompression sickness. Descending beyond 130 feet without decompression dive training does not allow a diver much time to enjoy his dive.
  • Air Consumption
    A diver breathes air at the pressure of the water around him (ambient pressure). The deeper a diver goes, the more the air he breathes compresses (learn more about water pressure and diving). At a depth of 130 feet, a diver consumes his air approximately five times faster than he does on the surface. Divers who plan on diving to this depth will find that their dive time is limited by air consumption. Not only will a diver use his air more quickly at greater depths, but he will also require a large air reserve for the long ascent from deep dives.
https://www.thoughtco.com/how-deep-can-you-scuba-dive-2963210
You just reminded me how much I’ve forgotten from classes and a handful of dives.
 

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"Receiver of Wreck"? A classy way for the government to say..."we'll be taking a bigger piece of that treasure than what you get, cuz we can...and will...and you'll like it!" "Thank you sir, might I have another?"

Receiver of Wreck...is that within like a 1000 nautical miles of the coast? Who comes up with That? Utter and complete bullshit. If the gov wants it, let it go and get it! Basstards...each and everyone, bloody basstards!