With the advanced technology, more and more the shipwreck treasures are found. Today, I read a big news called “Colombia possibly discovers world’s largest sunken treasure”. That’s really cool! You know, by autonomous underwater vehicles, the ship’s identity was confirmed.
On June 8, 1708, galleon ship with 600 people aboard sank due to dodging British warships. It is believed to have been carrying 11 million gold coins and jewels from then Spanish-controlled colonies that could be worth billions of dollars if ever recovered.
However, a big issue is that they can’t identify who the treasures belong to. Actually, the ship has been the subject of a legal battle in the U.S., Colombia and Spain over who owns the rights to the sunken treasure.
Another article called “with shipwreck treasure easier to reach, a duel is on”, which show much more information about those special treasures.
In this shipwreck, commercial treasure hunters spent over $2 million and 10 years recovering portions of the treasure, only to see their permits questioned and bounty confiscated. They are regarded as thieves, looters, plunderers and pirates.
For Critics, all buried coins and loot should be studied and preserved in a museum, not sported around an investor’s neck.
As nations, they become become increasingly sensitive to the cultural significance of underwater treasures.
Although there is a well-established maritime law about distribution, relative origination or nations often overturn this law.
How much percentage do they have
- Who locates a shipwreck
(All photos from Google Image)
What’s your opinion?
Do you think who can take the treasures away legally.