spanish San Jose (+1708)
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nationality spanish
purpose war
type galleon
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cause lost naval battle
date lost 08/06/1708  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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entered 23/03/2010
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Allen Tony23/03/2010San José is considered to be one of the richest treasure ships ever lost in the Western Hemisphere. She sank in about 1,000 feet of water on June 8th 1708. This loss resulted from a battle with an English squadron. Due to the ongoing War of the Spanish Succession, no treasure had been sent from South America to Spain for a period of six years. English Commodore Charles Wager tracked down the treasure-laden ship 16 miles off Cartagena and sunk it in 1000 feet of water.

The San José was loaded with eleven million pesos (about 344 tons of gold and silver coins). 116 chests of emeralds, and the personal wealth of the Viceroy of Peru.An eyewitness report indicates that it went down off Baru Island, between the Isla del Tesoro (known as Treasure Island) and Baru Peninsula, in an area near Cartag ena, in what is today known as Colombia. The estimated Value of the cargo today is more than 1 Billion US dollars.
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