Feast your eyes on these new photos of the treasure between the wreckage of the Spanish ship San José, normally called the “holy grail of shipwrecks.” When it sank on June 8, 1708, it was carrying gold, silver, jewels, and other cherished cargo really worth roughly $17 billion these days. Now, Woods Hole Oceanographic Establishment (WHOI) is revealing the significant function it performed in the 2015 expedition to locate the San José.
The three-masted, 62-gun Spanish galleon exploded and sank at the arms of the British all through the War of the Spanish Succession. It was carrying its riches to the Colombian city of Cartegena to finance the war. Archaeologists experienced been making an attempt to obtain the San José for many years before it was lastly positioned on November 27, 2015, all through an expedition arranged by Colombia, Maritime Archaeology Consultants (MAC), and WHOI. The multibillion-greenback treasure, which however sits practically 2000 ft underneath the surface area of the ocean in the vicinity of Cartegena, is just now getting exposed.
WHOI’s autonomous underwater vehicle REMUS 6000 was liable for obtaining the elusive wreck. REMUS has been with the venture considering that the beginning: The device established the first aspect-scan sonar pictures of the web page. Just after that, REMUS journeyed to a place 30 feet earlier mentioned the web-site and captured higher-resolution images of the ship’s distinct bronze cannons, which are engraved with dolphins. REMUS’s documentation of this defining aspect allowed experts to positively establish the wreck as the fabled San José. (Many thanks to whoever experienced the plan to put dolphins on the cannon in the 1st put.)
WHOI also introduced REMUS’s pictures of the wreckage, which demonstrate details of the horde, including ceramics and these well-known cannons. “This constitutes 1 of the greatest—if not the biggest, as some say—discoveries of submerged patrimony in the historical past of mankind,” Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos stated back again when the treasure was learned.
The San José‘s treasure is the topic of a authorized fight for ownership in between Colombia and U.S. salvage corporation Sea Research Armada, which assisted glimpse for the wreck. In 2011, four many years in advance of the San José was even located, the court docket dominated that the booty belongs to Colombia, but the dispute is ongoing. Simply because of the lawful drama, the precise locale of the wreck remains a authorities mystery.
Down below, look at out the recently introduced shots for a nearer look at cannons, teacups, and other ceramics.