Search for the Santa Maria near Puerto Plata
A project to rescue and protect old ships and galleons that have sunk off the Dominican coast is being launched by an underwater marine exploration company, which will be looking for three ships used by Christopher Columbus when he discovered America in 1492.
Los Angeles-based Nautical Research and Recovery, together with their Dominican associates will start the research with an initial budget of US$3 million, followed by an additional US$400,000 over the first 18 months of exploration, using remote control submarines.
The focus of the investigation will be to look for the Santa Maria which sunk off the north coast of the island, and they are also looking for other Spanish galleons which are believed to have sunk in the same area such as the San Juan (1495), San Miguel (1551), the Breton (1505) and the Santiago (1584), as well as British ships HMS Tartar (1797) and the Tiber (1882).
According to Eric Parage, the work is only waiting on authorization from the Ministry of Culture.
Fifty percent of the value of any precious metals they find will come to the Dominican state and all of the art pieces will go to Dominican museums,
The exploration area will be the coast off Puerto Plata, Montecristi, Luperon, Nagua and the south east coast.
Source: DR1, Elnacional.com.do
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