By lex, on October 7th, 2010

Naval news trackers will learn from Live Science that the Spanish Armada is once again deployed:*

Several Spanish navy ships have deployed to one of the richest locations for underwater treasure in Spain’s coastal waters as part of an ongoing legal battle against a U.S. marine exploration firm.

The Gulf of Cadiz may hold as many as 800 shipwrecks, including Spanish galleons that were returning from South American colonies laden with gold during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. British Royal Navy warships may also lie among the wrecks located so far by the Spanish navy.

Naval history buffs will be surprised to learn that Odyssey – the firm whose actions have resulted in this new Spanish Armament – is also on contract with the UK to salvage artifacts from Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson’s flagship:

Odyssey also has a deal with the British government to salvage artifacts from the HMS Victory – a Royal Navy warship of the 19th century that was the flagship of the famed Admiral Horatio Nelson. That British hero foiled Napoleon’s attempted invasion of England by defeating a combined French-Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar, but died in the process.

This surprise, of course, is engendered by the fact that Nelson’s HMS Victory is in drydock in Portsmouth, and has been since 1922. The HMS Victory that Odyssey is on contract to salvage foundered in 1744, fourteen years before Lord Nelson was born.

The lesson, me hearties?

Less science, more history.

* 10-11-2018 Link Gone; no replacements found – Ed.

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