Shipwreck discovered off Roxas City waters

Update on the Capiz shipwreck. They still haven’t been able to identify the ship yet, particularly since it does not lie on any known shipping routes. Some minor looting has already begun.

9 June 2006 (Philippine Inquirer, Visayas) – Update on the Capiz shipwreck. They still haven’t been able to identify the ship yet, particularly since it does not lie on any known shipping routes. Some minor looting has already begun.

Shipwreck discovered off Roxas City waters

He told Roxas City Mayor Antonio del Rosario that the ship was made of hardwood and they saw broken jars, among other things. They also recovered gunpowder that had solidified; it sparked when rubbed with a hard piece of stone or iron.

However, some enterprising divers and fishermen had salvaged parts of the vessel and sold it to junkshops for as high as P6,000, Lorenzo said.


Related Books:
Lost at Sea: The Strange Route of the Lena Shoal Junk
Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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