silver plate

Sunken treasure

By Shân Ross


In 1588 a Spanish galleon believed to be laden with gold and silver plate and a chest of 30 million ducats in gold coins mysteriously blew up in Tobermory Bay in the Inner Hebrides as she fled home following the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

Over the years, numerous treasure-seekers have arrived, the most recent laden with sonar technology, determined to dive to the sea bed and retrieve the riches held in the Armada's paymaster's chest.

The current search mission is being conducted by Sir Torquhil Ian Campbell, the 13th Duke of Argyll, whose family was granted rights to search for the wreck by royal charter in 1641.