Divers discover 17th century cannons from one of Britain’s richest shipwrecks which had a cargo of diamonds and pearls when it sank more than 300 years ago

Fragments of the ship were first reported by divers 20 years ago, but now underwater explorers from Historic England found never-before-seen cannons and an anchor

Divers have unearthed the 330-year-old remains of Britain’s richest shipwreck that was laden with a cargo of precious diamond and pearls from India when it sank in 1684.

Recent storms have shifted sands to reveal the 17th century cannons and anchors off the coast of Cornwall.

Image result for rutus alter 71

The crew of the merchant ship President survived a miraculous battle with pirates and near starvation – but all-but-two died in a storm within sight of land at notorious Loe Bar, near Porthleven, Cornwall.

Fragments of the ship were first reported by divers 20 years ago, but now underwater explorers from Historic England found never-before-seen cannons and an anchor.

The shipwreck treasures of the merchant ship President near Loe Bar, near Porthleven, Cornwall

It is believed recent storms has shifted sands, revealing the loot to Cornwall Maritime Archaeology divers David Gibbins and Mark Milburn.

Mr Gibbins said: ‘The site was first reported by divers twenty years ago and was designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973.

CLICK HERE to continue reading

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *