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nov2017 • 	2017-10-01

“You guys are the greatest. I love the magazine and can hardly wait for it to arrive each month.”
— Ralph W.

THE $2.6 BILLION TREASURE STILL LOST AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - Imagine Lisbon in 1502, during the height of Portugal’s golden age of exploration. The port is bustling with activity as the empire’s latest achievement is unveiled— a massive new ship that is the finest the seafaring nation has ever built. Clocking in at 118 feet long, 111 feet tall, and 400 tons, the Flor de la Mar was the largest vessel in the fleet. Soon after the grand unveiling in 1502, the Flor de la Mar took her maiden voyage under the command of Captain Estevao da Gama, a cousin of renowned explorer Vasco da Gama. For the next four years, the Flor de la Mar became a battle ship, helping to vanquish some of the area’s most culturally and economically rich cities including Socotra, Muscat, Ormuz, and Goa. For the majority of this time, the ship was part of the squadron under the command of Alfonso de Albuquerque, a nobleman and admiral who would become Portugal’s second viceroy to India. In 1511, Albuquerque set his sights on Malacca on the Malaysian peninsula. At that time, Malacca was positioned at the crossroads of the regional trade routes and had become a wealthy international hub filled with riches and treasure. “The spoils the Portuguese took from Malacca staggered the imagination. More than sixty tons of gold booty in the form of animals, birds, gilded furniture ingots and coinage came from the sultan’s palace alone,” treasure hunter Robert F. Marx and his wife Jenifer Marx wrote in Treasure Lost at Sea: Diving to the World’s Great Shipwrecks. “It took up so much space that the crew had trouble stowing an additional 200 gem-filled chests. The diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires in them, valued at more than thirty million crowns, would be worth billions of dollars today.” “When the ships were sailing along the north-east coast of Pase they were caught in a fierce storm and the Frol (sic) de la Mar, an old ship, was wrecked on some shoals, with great loss of life and of all the treasures brought from Malacca. Nearly all of the 400 people on board the ship lost their lives in the wreckage, except for Albuquerque, who escaped with several of his officers on the 16th-century equivalent of a life-boat. They quickly rowed away with only the clothes on their backs, leaving their treasure— now estimated to be worth around $2.6 billion— behind. Despite many attempts, the location of the wreckage and the loot it contained has never been found. (317)