The lost treasure of Sunken British Treasures.


Where are some sunken British treasures?

In the early 2006, a new method to finding shipwrecks was practiced in the United Kingdom at the entrance to Sutton Harbour, in Plymouth, the place in which a partial excavation in the 1970s discovered the Cattewater Wreck in the muddy bottom during a routinely dredging effort.

Using sound waves, researches found that the wooden wreck dates back from the 16th century and belonged to an unidentified armed merchantman, probably from Holland or France, by some of the pottery that was rescued.

However, this is only one of more than 50 wrecks protected by the British Government, which expressly forbids excavations to avoid damage to the remains of these ships buried in the mud.

In Portsmouth, archaeologists found in 1982 the remains of a Tudor wreck, the Mary Rose, which sank in 1545, and they were able to rescue the ship's anchor and a section of a bowcastle from Henry VIII's flag.

Even though all attention and efforts to rescue the British treasures that lie in the bottom of the sea are focused on the Cattewater Wreck for its international importance. The size of the ship is described as a three-masted, skeleton-built vessel, weighing between 200 and 300 tons; this is over 220,000 kilograms (440,000 pounds).

With such a large ship, it is easy to imagine why it sank in this port, but especially rejoicing when trying to figure out the treasures buried in the bottom during all those centuries. The ship is well preserved and it lies just a meter below the seabed.

The name of the Cattewater Wreck comes from a city of the same name situated in Devon, close to the site where the vessel sank. Researchers believe that once they learn the name of the ship it will be easier to determine the treasure kept inside because the British Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 prevents the use of another means of investigation.

The lost treasure of Sunken British Treasures.

 The lost treasure of Sunken British Treasures.

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