Storm unveils XVI century galleon in Spain
- On 16/02/2008
- In Underwater Archeology
From Eitb 24
The 180 tons ship was used to commercialize with the Americas.
It might have belonged to Saint Medel and Celedon, sank in 1544. According to the Spanish 20minutos web edition, Spanish Civil Guard in Huelva (Spain) sealed off a few meters of El Portil beach in order to protect a discovery.
If the information is confirmed, it could be one of the last few years’ most important discoveries.
The remains might have belonged to a galleon of the beginning of XVI century.
The expert underwater archaeologist Claudio Lozano Guerrero-Librero, has been studying them for a few days.
Claudio Lozano considers that the ship could have belonged to Saint Medel and Celedon, two very popular saints in the Basque Country, an habitual carrack construction place.
He also thinks that it could have sunk in 1544. According to his documents, the 180 tons ship was constructed at the beginning of XVI century, and it was used to commercialize in the Americas.
The shipmaster was Juanes de Lubelza and left New Spain and set a course for the Peninsula but a storm did not allow him to reach the coast. Around 20 men shipwrecked.
The remains of the carrack/galleon found correspond to the ship’s bottom and are made from oak wood. It was the owner of a beach bar in the area of Matagrana who found out the remains after a storm.