Sunken Treasures & Pirates

pohtiongho By pohtiongho, 18th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is about the recovery of a sunken treasure. Are you experienced with the job? Are you interested to participate? This is not a joke.

Sunken Treasures and Pirates

The capt. and his crew had been looting and killing in the Philippines for years and were on their way home to retire. His porcelain jars must be at least one meter high and one meter wide at the widest portion of the jar. It was said there were many jars, all filled with gold and other valuables. During their final night on board that ship, they were traveling from Southern Philippines to XXXXXX. So when he came into the storm he was roughly 54 nautical miles from XXXXXX, assuming his ship speed was 4.5 nautical miles per hour.
The storms were fierce and it was raining heavily. Lightning flashed non-stop and waves were so high that experienced captain knew he could never make it. He went down on his knees and begged for mercy. He promised if he and his crew were allowed to sail on safely, he would dump all those jars of treasures into the sea, and return home to take up theology and become a priest.
After all the jars went into the sea, the storms miraculously calmed down. They reached shore the following day at dawn. And he went back to his country of origin. But two of the sailors stayed back for some years. It was not clear if they had tried to salvage the treasures. But the depth of the sea at that area was about one hundred meters. No one could make it with modern equipment. According the Suluks from Southern Philippines, a diver, unaided could not reach more than fifteen meters. So it is sure that it was indeed impossible to retrieve those treasures one hundred years ago.
The capt. eventually became a Catholic Priest and returned to teach in North Borneo. It was not sure where he went to after preaching in North Borneo.
How much of the find will go to the government, assuming the treasures are found now?
How much initial cost do you need to cough out to maintain a crew for twenty months, with rental of ship and other equipment?

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North Borneo, Philippines, Pirates, Porcelain Jars, Suluks, Sunken Treasures

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I have been writing short stories, poems and articles during the past 20 years.
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author avatar pohtiongho
18th Mar 2014 (#)

This is not a joke. That Capt. and his crew were good fighters and that was why they were able to survive. I would guess he had at least 10 canons onboard, and that he had a crew of more than 12 men. Less than half of those private ships would be able to survive and return to their home country successfully.

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author avatar Funom Makama
18th Mar 2014 (#)

Nice post and a good story.. It seems like a series... Is it?

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author avatar pohtiongho
19th Mar 2014 (#)

It is indeed a series. Thanks for your feedback. I will write to those who are interested separately because I don't wish to leak out every detail and let a competitor do the hunting before us.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
19th Mar 2014 (#)

Nice post!

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author avatar pohtiongho
19th Mar 2014 (#)

Fern: Thanks for the compliment. Perhaps you may enjoy the following passage:
To float a sunken treasure
Assuming the jars of treasures are still intake and in the ship, you may lower metal hooks to any suitable place on that ship, and then tie an empty jerry can at the upper end. Force this can below the water surface and fasten it securely. Then you lower the next jerry can and do the same procedure. You will definitely need hundreds of jerry cans but eventually the sunken ship would float and you can either drag it to shore or continue your work on site with the ship floated. This is, at the moment, the cheapest way of doing the job.

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author avatar sukkran
19th Mar 2014 (#)

thanks for an interesting read. nicely done

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