No matter if you think of Errol Flynn or Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, or if the words “Pirate’s Booty” or “buried treasure” conjures up images of strong-willed men towing the line, singing a song while big wooden ships sail o’er the bounding main; the words “pirate’s treasure” always makes you go, hmmm.
Now, I loved Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, maybe it was because it provoked thoughts of what it must have been like to live during that time period, or maybe it was simply my Irish/Scots/Welsh heritage, an area of the world that produced a vast amount of pirates, yearning for the open seas… Arggghh!
It seems underwater explorers (again, wouldn’t it be cool to be a treasure hunter) found a silver bar that could weigh more than 100 pounds, off the coast of Madagascar near the island of Sainte Marie island. Experts are saying they believe the bar to be part of notorious pirate Captain William Kidd’s “booty”.
During the 17th century, Scottish born Kidd was appointed by the British authorities to stop the pirates of the Barbary Coast. Some say he turned to a life of piracy, and others say he was unjustly vilified and prosecuted as a privateer, but either way he was executed in 1701 after a trial before the British Parliament.
The BBC reports that the mysterious silver bar was brought ashore yesterday by the salvage team, from wreckage believed to be that of Captain Kidd’s ship; the Adventure Galley.
Some may be skeptical about the bar’s origin, but American explorer Barry Clifford, who was leading this expedition told the BBC that he believes there are other bars of “treasure” still buried in the underwater wreck.
A BBC reporter took this up-close photo of the bar and tweeted it:
Divers just pulled this 50 kg silver bar out off Sainte Marie island Madagascar. Say it could be pirate treasure. pic.twitter.com/bdH9bFWBlB
— Martin Vogl (@martinvogl) May 7, 2015
The bar pictured appears to be marked with the letters “S” and “T”, and the exploration team believes it originated in Bolivia in the 17th century. The bar was later presented in a ceremony to the Madagascar President.