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Occasionally one is fortunate enough to find a wreck that is not completely buried and the artifacts tell a compelling story.
For your enjoyment I pen the following.
Story of the Southern Bahamas Wreck.
By Diving Doc, Director of History Hunters.
I found this site a while back by accident. The main body of this wreck lies in only 15 feet of water. In this area are a total of 28 cannon (seventeen now visible). Some of these are seven feet long with a bore of approximately 2 and a half inches, others are eight and a half feet with an approximate bore of 3 and a half inches. Without the corrosion the diameters might be three plus and four plus inches.
The large number of cannon (and there may be more) certainly indicate a major warship. The battery of two different calibers is characteristic of the Spanish and French frigates in the 18th century. There is no Spanish record of this loss or salvage in this area that I have been able to find. If there was any recovery, it is reasonable to expect that the cannon and anchors would have been recovered along with any cargo. This was standard procedure as the cannon and anchors were very hard to come by and very valuable in the New World. I have photographed identical cannon at the Arsenal in Madrid.
The distance between the two 15-foot anchors and the rudder gudgeons/pintles is about 180 feet. It can be seen that the anchor ring is not set and I presume that these two anchors fell with the vessel. Since these artifacts are at opposite ends of the wreck, I presume that the length might be 180 feet.
At approximately this same distance of 180 feet to the east lies a huge broken anchor 17 feet in length. The ring is set and this anchor shank points in the general direction of the wreck. Not too far from this anchor lie both the broken fluke and a large catting block. They tell a tale of desperation and death. This is one of the largest anchors I know of for this time period.
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Lots of sunken treasure sites surround the Port St George marina area, Long Island, and lots more are found on the other out islands of the southern Bahamas.
All things "pirate" are one of today's hottest trends, pirate movies, books and games are found everywhere. Long Island sits in the middle of the same cays, islands and inlets where the original "Pirates of the Caribbean" once roamed.
These islands were once a major shipping thoroughfare, and eventually became so popular that they attracted lots of pirates and buccaneers who found the shallow waters, secluded cays and numerous sandbars to be an ideal setting for attacking unwary ships to relieve them of their property. Spanish conquistadors had their treasure laden galleons overtaken by pirates as they came through the islands on their way home to Europe. By the year 1700 Nassau was actually ruled by pirates.
Today, the islands of the Bahamas are littered with the wrecks of ships sunken by pirates and hidden reefs, lots of these have been fonud and charted, lots more still contain hidden treasures and are waiting to be discovered.
One of the deadliest shipwreck traps in the Western Hemisphere lies just south of Long Island!
In the Southern Bahamas, approximately 50 miles north of Great Inagua Island, is a place so untouched by intruders, that it typifies the definition of the word "unspoiled". It is also a dangerous place. Almost invisible beneath deceptively tranquil waters lies a treacherous reef of jagged coral which has claimed hundreds of ships over the last 450 years. Named the "Dragon's Teeth" by early Spanish captains and sailors, today, it is know as "Hogsty Reef".
Rich Spanish galleons, their holds gorged with gold and silver from the mines of Hispaniola, once made their way north around Great Inagua island on their way to Imperial Spain. This route took them past the deadly hidden reefs of the Hogsties, and on toward the shallow waters of the lee side of Long Island.
The Spanish fleets, or Flotas, laden with the wealth of the Indies would rendezvous in Havana to prepare for the voyage home then sail north to the Straits of Florida, past the Bahamas before setting course for the Azores and Spain.
It is unknown just how many ships have been claimed by the "Dragon's Teeth" but dozens, some nearly 450 years old, are believed to have perished there. Ships, on a logical North-Easterly heading, with minor and repairable damage would head for the shallows of Long Island to make their repairs, once there unfortunate ones could be battered by hurricane force winds, many are thought by the locals to have sank in less than 15 feet of water. One local fisherman claims to have snagged his line on a huge (around 25 foot) anchor which he claims was surrounded by large (ballast?) stones, however, having no GPS onboard he couldn't make a fix and therefore cannot find the location again. If he is reporting the story accurately, the final resting place of an unknown ship is sitting in the shallow banks of Long Island just waiting to be found. Lots and lots of these stories can be gleaned from local fishermen simply by sitting and listening (with a beer or two) at the local Long Island bars. Tales among treasure hunters and historians tell of a bounty of lost treasure waiting to be recovered from the ocean floor. Credence was given to this belief when, in 1964, scientists from the University of Miami launched an expedition to explore the origin of the reef. They found bronze cannons and a jewel studded ring.
Thirty years later the theory was further ratified when an expedition to Hogsty, led by Captain Carl Fismer, logged more than two dozen wreck locations. One of those was the last resting place of the Princess Charlotte. She was an English packet ship which wrecked on the Hogsties in 1819. Although she was partially salvaged at the time she still holds more than 30,000 coins which have never been recovered.
Spanish registry listings from the early 16th century are dotted with lost ships that departed Santo Domingo. Many of these losses are thought to have foundered on the jagged Hogsty reefs. Their cargoes included early Santo Domingo copper and silver coins.