Shipwrecked treasures begins trip back to Spain

24 Feb 2012 2:28 PM | Anonymous
Shipwrecked treasures begins trip back to Spain Two cargo planes with 17 tons of coins took off from Florida on Friday Comments THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Friday, February 24, 2012, The 594,000 coins and other artifacts found in the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, a Spanish galleon sunk by British warships in the Atlantic while sailing back from South America in 1804, are headed back to Spain. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 17-ton haul of silver coins, lost for two centuries in the ocean's depths aboard a sunken Spanish galleon, began its journey back to its home country on Friday after the deep-sea explorers who lifted it to the surface lost their claim to ownership. Two massive cargo planes — Spanish military C-130s — took off just after noon from a Florida Air Force base with 594,000 silver coins and other artifacts aboard. They were packed into the same white plastic buckets in which they were brought to the U.S. by Tampa, Fla.-based Odyssey Marine Exploration in May 2007.

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