Vasco da Gama’s Esmeralda shipwreck has been discovered, after 500 years lost at sea. Take a look at the video…
National Geographic grantee and shipwreck hunter David Mearns is recovering the infamous ship’s remarkable treasures.
“This is the earliest pre-colonial shipwreck ever discovered. This is from the European age of discovery when Columbus, Magellan, and Vasco da Gama are going around the world,” says Mearns. His company, Blue Water Recoveries Ltd., in collaboration with the Omani Ministry of Heritage and Culture, found the shipwreck off a remote Omani island in the Arabian Peninsula in 1998. After extensive logistical planning, excavation began in 2013. Spending more than 1,000 hours underwater, the team recovered over 2,800 artifacts that help tell the story of this fateful ship’s journey.
“There’s coins, there’s armaments, there’s munitions, there’s personal objects, there’s organic objects. And we’re bringing in archaeologists and other experts to study the entire collection, so it will ultimately be in a museum and displayed for the public in a way where you’re really spelling out the entire history,” Mearns says.