Archaeological dive reveals more secrets of sunken ship
Further diving explorations in Gran Canaria have revealed more of the secrets of the wreck of a sunken boat of the 18th century.
The latest archaeological explorations were carried out during January and February in the waters off the beach of El Burrero, on the coast of the municipality of Ingenio. The boat is lying about 30 metres from the shore.
The Cabildo’s Minister of Culture, Carlos Ruiz, accompanied by the Mayor of Ingenio, Juan Diaz and councillor for beaches, Chani Ramos, visited the offices of the Club Nautico de El Burrero to see some of the the remains recovered from this sunken wreck almost three centuries ago and discovered in 1962 by the diver Tomás Cruz.
During the fifth exploration of the wreck, a team of three people led by the Sevillian archaeologist specialising in underwater operations, Josué Mata Mora, spent 120 hours under the sea in order to delimit their remains and analyse the state of conservation of the timber that had been documented in the 2008 campaign.
The prospecting was carried out at a depth of three to four metres. According to the experts, the proximity of the remains to the coast and the low depth have had a significant influence on this site. Erosion and pillage have also caused problems.
They believe the boat might have an English origin and remains of flint showed stone was used as ballast. A few fragments of ceramics have also been found, traced back to the Rhineland (Germany) in the 16th century and later imitated by the workshops of Devon (England) in the 17th and 18th century.
Ceramic pipes have also been found which could have been manufacturd in Holland and England between the 17th and 18th centuries. Likewise, remains of the on-board cutlery have been recovered, such as a pewter ladle with remains of Baroque decoration, possibly used for the service of officers.
The previous four explorations were made in 1962, 1968, 1994 and 2008 and it is considered one of the most interesting underwater archaeological sites in Gran Canaria.
It is believed the ship might be a pirate boat which sunk in 1741.