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Unearthed Secrets of the Sea: 18th Century Spanish Military Shipwreck Discovered Near Spain’s Marbella

December 31, 2023
Unearthed Secrets of the Sea: 18th Century Spanish Military Shipwreck Discovered Near Spain's Marbella - technicians from the center for underwater archaeology are analyzing the remains of a sunken ship off the coast of a beach in marbella credit junta - Cultural and Historical Insights -

18th Century Sunken Ship Under Investigation

A sunken ship, believed to be a Spanish military vessel from the 18th century, is currently under investigation. The shipwreck is located off the coast of San Pedro Alcantara, Marbella and is being examined by a team of nine archaeologists from the Center for Underwater Archaeology (CAS). The CAS operates under the authority of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sports through the Andalucian Institute of Historical Heritage (IAPH).

Shipwreck Believed to be the El Fernando

The shipwreck is thought to be the El Fernando, a vessel constructed between 1750 and 1751. Historical records confirm that the El Fernando sank along this coastline in 1760, specifically between the municipalities of Estepona and Marbella. The CAS technicians are currently analysing the remains of the shipwreck off the coast of a beach in Marbella.

Project Spearheaded by CAS Director

The project is led by CAS director Milagros Alzaga and supported by the Marbella City Council. It also involves two professors from the universities of Alicante and a researcher from CSIC. The team is focused on assessing the shipwreck’s current state and collecting vital information through archaeological research to confirm its identity. Once the results are finalised in the conclusive report, proposals for its future educational and promotional value will be made, according to a statement from the Junta.

Shipwreck Located on Sandy and Gravelly Seabed

The shipwreck is situated on a sandy and gravelly seabed at a depth ranging from four to seven metres. The remains of the wreck are concentrated within an area approximately 60-65 metres in length and about 12 metres in width. The shipwreck is a significant find and its investigation could provide valuable insights into 18th-century naval history.

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