There is nothing more astonishing and intriguing than the treasures in the deep. These great finds range from gold coins, precious porcelain dinnerware, to something as extravagant as a diamond-infused chandelier!
A lot of these treasures come from other people’s misfortune, believe it or not. Shipwrecks has long plagued the travelers of the sea. These accidents do not choose who the victims would be–young or old. As the old saying goes, “If it’s your time, then it’s your time.” This might be the same reason why the finds are most often than not, interesting and exotic.
One of the most famous wrecks in history is The Nuestra Senora de Atocha. According to records, the ship was so extravagantly loaded that it took 2 whole months for the crew to finish the inventory and transfer the items into the ship. We are talking about copper, silver, and lots and lots of jewelries of gold! Sadly, the ship sank in the Florida Keys around the year 1622 and it took up until 1985 to discover parts of the legendary treasure trove. However, up to this date, the stern castle (the most valuable part of the ship) is yet to be found.
Another great find is the wreck of the S.S. Gairsoppa which was carrying an approximate £600,000 worth of Silver when it was sunk by a German U-Boat in the year 1941. It was discovered in the North Atlantic in 2011 by the Odyssey Marine Exploration recovering only 43 percent of the lost treasure.
Perhaps my most favorite finds of all time, The Antikythera Treasures, is not just made up of the usual gold, diamond, and silver. Both of the expeditions done in the 1900s and 1976 recovered items that were significant in history. One of these finds is the Antikythera mechanism (1976) which received an overwhelming amount of media coverage as it is believed to be the very first analog computer in time. Also, a bronze sculpture dating around 340 to 330 B.C. was among the treasures. It was called Statue of A Youth and was placed on display together with the other artifacts in the National Archeological Museum in Greece until around August of 2013.
How about you dearies? Have you ever found yourself wondering what is yet to be discovered in the deep, vast sea?
XOXO, Nikki ❤