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Scuba Diving400-Year-Old Intact Trade Ship Found Of The Coast Of Portugal

400-Year-Old Intact Trade Ship Found Of The Coast Of Portugal


A 400-year-old, virtually intact trading ship has been found off the coast of the Portuguese town of Cascais.

The ship is thought to be a remarkable find since it is laden with goods and in excellent condition.

The wreck was located on September 3, 2018, by a team of archaeologists and is thought to have sunk between 1575 and 1625. The vessel was a trading ship en route to Portugal from India and is laden with Chinese ceramics, bronze cannons, and cowrie shells.

The wreck offers excellent opportunities for discovery and artifact recovery since it is lying at the shallow depth of 12m/40ft. According to the project director Jorge Freire:

“From a heritage perspective, this is the discovery of the decade. In Portugal, this is the most important find of all time.”

The find is the most significant in Portuguese waters and trumps the 1994 discovery of the vessel “Our Lady of the Martyrs,” which was also found in the waters near Cascais.

You can check out a short video of the wreck below.

400-year-old shipwreck found off Portugal coast
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for