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17th Century Scottish pirate captain William Kidd treasure found in Madagascar

May 8, 2015 10:02 IST

Underwater explorers in Madagascar on 7 May 2015 said that they have discovered treasure belonging to the notorious 17th Century Scottish pirate captain William Kidd.

The explorers, which were a joint team of UK and US archaeological research mission, brought a 50-kg silver bar to shore on the island of Sainte Marie, from wreckage of the Adventure Galley, the ship of Captain Kidd.

The bar was presented to Madagascar's President at a special ceremony.

Captain Kidd was first appointed by the British authorities to tackle piracy but later became a ruthless criminal. He was executed in 1701 for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean.

Besides, the US explorer Barry Clifford said that he believes there are many more such bars still in the wreck.

Earlier, a team led by Barry Clifford in 2000 during underwater investigation discovered some remains of William Kidd’s ship, Adventure Galley, including a metal oarlock, shards of Ming porcelain and bottles of rum three centuries old.

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