Captain Kidd's ship a con

2015-07-14 18:57

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Antananarivo - The UN's culture agency said on Tuesday that an alleged vessel found off Madagascar was not 17th-century Scottish pirate William Kidd's flagship, and a silver "treasure" bar was a fake.

The 45kg bar was brought to shore in May on the island of Sainte Marie from what was said to be the wreck of Kidd's flagship, Adventure Galley.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) said the metal ingot that had been supposedly found on the wreck is 95% lead and contains no silver.

In fact, what had been identified as the Adventure Galley was not even a ship, but a part of the Sainte Marie port constructions, it said.

Maritime explorer Barry Clifford, who headed the archaeological team, presented the ingot to Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina.

Unesco subsequently sent a team of experts to Madagascar, whose findings have now been made public.

It was not immediately possible to obtain a comment from the Madagascar government.

The Adventure Galley travelled in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans between 1696 and 1698.

Kidd had been hired by the British crown to fight pirates, but failed and became a notorious pirate himself, allegedly amassing a fortune in gold, silk and jewels.

By the time Adventure Galley reached Madagascar, its hull was leaking and it sank in 1698, three years before Britain hanged Kidd for piracy and murder.

Read more on:    unesco  |  hery rajaonarimampianina  |  madagascar  |  southern africa  |  archaeology

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