The Wreck of the Almiranta

Lured by treasure

Burt Webber

From Reading

Eagle Crew of 17th century treasure ship ran a foul of pirates.

The story of the Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion's missing treasure reads more like a Hollywood script than a history book.

From information unearthed in Spain's Archives of the Indies, much of which author Pete Earle used for his book "The Wreck of the Almiranta," treasure hunter Burt Webber was able to piece together the story of the last moments of the Concepcion.

He also learned how some of the ship's spilled treasure was collected before again slipping into the warm waters of the Caribbean.

Flush with gold and silver, the 550-ton ship sailed from Cuba in 1641 en route to Spain.