Saturday, October 10, 2009

Shipwreck Silver



 
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Silver items were also recovered from the Spanish shipwrecks along the Florida coast and here you can see a silver bar and some of the over three hundred year old silver coins on display at the Museum of Florida History in downtown Tallahassee. The third picture shows some of the silver artifacts used at mealtime on the ship. You really should click on any of these pictures to enlarge them and get a better view. Is it any wonder these ships had to be on constant lookout for pirates?

17 comments:

B SQUARED said...

Certainly looks like a pirate's treasure.

Rob said...

I wonder if Spain ever asked it back... They usually do.

Corker2 said...

It must be just awesome to see all that Silver and Gold that was recovered from so long ago. I would love to see that stuff for myself.

FYI - I just happen to have a small collection of bottles that were recovered from a wreck that my Uncle went diving on. 2 of them are what I think, old whiskey bottles. They just sit up on a shelf gathering dust. They still even have small bits of coral on them yet. Sometimes I wonder just what they really are.
Humm . . . you just gave me an idea for a Post.

Les

arctic dreamer said...

what beautiful craftsmanship

Benikos place said...

Nice hots and very interesting theme :) nice weekend :)

Don and Krise said...

It's interesting to compare the currency to today's. Also, I tend to think about how much weight this added to some of those old ships. It's a wonder they floated. Of course, we know that not all of them did.

JM said...

I wonder how many more are still down there... Great post!

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

It is amazing how these things look up close.

Jacob said...

I find all of this fascinating...like the gold better, though! Maybe that's my wife's influence!

Cezar and Léia said...

A treasure! I like more silver than gold!
Léia

Pam said...

Its so wonderful to have these pieces of the past preserved forever.

Tricia said...

are those chips of silver the coins? they're so misshaped - I guess that's what salt water does in a span of 300 years! WoW! What a find - Such history!

Tash said...

nice photos of the displays, Lois.
It is more thrilling because it was a sunken treasure!

Lisa Wilson said...

No kidding! That would be a great treasure to get ahold of.

Steffe said...

A real treasure it is.

Clytie said...

What amazing treasure!

Pacey said...

Great treasure find again Lois...