Namibian Diamond Miners Discover 500-Year-Old Shipwreck Filled With Gold Coins

11It was a ship from the 16th century

Dr. Dieter Noli spoke about the find and how this was very important as it was a ship from the early 16th century. But they didn’t think that there was any treasure on the ship. It took six days of searching to discover the treasure chest. Another thing that fascinated them was the condition they found it in.

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Ship from the 16th century

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12It had survived 500 years under the sea

This was the most fascinating part of the find. The ship and its contents had survived 500 years being under the sea. This is something that shows how well the sea can preserve things. The experts have said that most of these things should not have survived this long period of time but somehow it did.

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survived 500 years under the sea

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13How did the ship sink?

According to the experts, it must have been a combination of excess cargo and bad weather that could have led to the sinking of the ship. But, the reality of what led to the sinking is still unsolved. This was a ship that was designed to take the load and travel far distances so how did it sink.

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How did the ship sink

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14The government will keep the treasure

Since the shipwreck was discovered on the shore of Namibia, the Namibian government will receive the gold haul after the right was waived by Portugal. The Portuguese government very generously waived that right, allowing Namibia to keep the lot. This is a normal procedure when a ship is found on a beach.

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15This was not the first discovery

There have been many shipwrecks discovered in this area with the oldest one being the shell of The Vlissingen which was cast ashore in 1747. This just goes to show the history and culture that is buried deep under the sea. We just need a chance to find it.

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Shell of The Vlissingen

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