Friday, October 14, 2005


Italian Divers Chase Sunken Treasure


Discovery Channel
October 12, 2005

Painting of the Polluce.

A legendary treasure of jewels, gold and silver coins believed to have sunk more than 160 years ago might emerge from the waters off the island of Elba in Tuscany, according to Italian divers who this week descended to the sea floor in a pressurized chamber.

Carried secretly aboard the Genovese steamship the Polluce, the precious cargo went missing following an attack by the Neapolitan vessel Mongibello on June 17, 1841.

The 49-meter-long, 7.30-meter-wide and 3.5-meter-tall (161 feet by 24 feet by 11.5 feet) Polluce sank in less than 15 minutes.

Most likely, the reason for the attack was piracy. According to the account of the 52 survivors and reports by the French daily paper Semaphore of Marseilles, the Polluce was carrying 70,000 coins in silver and 100,000 coins in gold, plus several jewels.


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