Thursday, April 18, 2024

Two More Sunken Vessels Found Near Billion-Dollar Galleon


A pair of sunken ships dating back to the age of sail have been discovered off the coast of Colombia near another 300-year-old galleon thought to hold billions of dollars in treasure.

The sunken vessels were found during an underwater sweep of the area around the famous San Jose galleon by the Colombian navy using a remotely operated underwater vehicle.

The San Jose was sunk by an English fleet on June 8th, 1708 in the Caribbean Sea when it was on its way to Cartagena carrying, according to historical documents, 11 million gold and silver pieces of eight that the vessel had loaded in Portobelo, Panama.

The sunken treasure has been claimed by Colombia, Bolivia and others.

Colombian President Iván Duque told the media:

“The equipment that our army has acquired and the level of precision have kept this treasure intact, but at the same time, we will be able to protect it for later extraction.”

Wile Colombian Admiral Gabriel Alfonso Pérez, head of the country’s navy, said:

“During the previous years, we made four expeditions, which allowed us from the surface to verify that the area where the galleon San José is located had not been touched by human intervention.”

(Featured image credit: Colombian Navy)

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.