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1765 shipwreck found off Argentina

AFP-JIJI

A team of archaeologists in Argentina has pinpointed the location of the 1765 shipwreck of a Spanish merchant ship off the southern coast, officials said Saturday.

It is the oldest wrecked ship of twelve that were identified along 200 km (125 miles) of the windswept Tierra del Fuego coast.

The ship, “La Purisima Concepcion,” went down Jan. 10, 1765, off the Mitre Peninsula — about 3,500 km south of Buenos Aires — as it headed for turbulent Cape Horn after sailing from Cadiz and stopping in Montevideo.

“It is not a galleon loaded with gold and pearls like in the movies; it’s just a supply ship. But we have chosen not to disclose the exact location so as not to encourage anyone to go souvenir hunting,” said Martin Vazquez, the lead archaeologist on the team that found the ship.