Divers believe they have discovered the 300-year-old remains of a ship once captained by the notorious British pirate Captain Kidd.
Complete with cannons and anchors, the wreckage of the 400-ton Quedagh Merchant has lain untouched and undiscovered off the coast of Catalina Island in the Dominican Republic.For centuries treasure hunters have sought the ship, but it has now been stumbled across by a local scuba diver.
The wreckage, found in shallow waters only 10ft from the surface and only 70ft from the coastline, is likely to provide vital clues and information about the notorious Kidd, who was hanged in London for piracy in 1701.
Researchers from Indiana University have been sent down to protect the remains from scavengers and turn the area into an underwater preserve.
Charles Beeker, a scuba-diving archaeologist who teaches at Indiana University, said: “When I first looked down and saw it, I couldn’t believe everybody missed it for 300 years. I’ve been on thousands of wrecks and this is one of the first where it’s been untouched by looters.
Captain Kidd was one of the most notorious pirates of his generation
“We’ve got a shipwreck in crystal clear, pristine water that’s amazingly untouched. We want to keep it that way.”
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