Platinum Cannon Shipwreck
The Mango Metal Partnership requested a concise report to determine the deposition of the material salvaged from an approximate 100 year old wreckage of one or more vessels in the Bahamas. The material consists of various types of metallic artifacts, barrels of a gray siliceous metallic matter and black rocks. It is my understanding that the material was found in less than 50 feet of water and at points throughout history the material could have been exposed to air.
Without stating, there are always estranged stories and myths surrounding archeological finds, and these myths seem to become enhanced when a shipwreck is involved. The particulars surrounding this discovery have until this point been embellished with an aura of mysticism and unknowns that have caused untold mental anguish on its discoverer and people associated with the disposition of the cargo for the past six years. Hence the purpose here is to separate the facts from fiction regarding this discovery.
Since the purpose of this report is to determine the physical properties of the discovery, I will forgo any attempt to report its discovery and/or recovery.
As mentioned the discovery is divided into three general categories which are further defined as follows:
1) Metallic Artifacts
b) Cannon balls
c) Trunnions, fittings and associated metallic pieces
d) Assorted metallic bars
2. Gray material
a) Approximately 140 barrels with an average weight of 400 pounds of gray siliceous material.
a) Approximately four tons of a siliceous rock which is not indicative of the local geological formation.
Since 1990, fractions from
each of the pre-mentioned have been analyzed by various technologies
and have indicated everything from millions of dollars of value, to
the only the historical value of similar artifacts.