While shipwrecks are often found along Africa s Skeleton Coast, this one just so happened to be loaded with $13,000,000 worth of gold coins.
The wreck was first discovered along the coast near Oranjemund by geologists from the mining company De Beers in April 2008.
While there are plenty of shipwrecks in the area, almost all of them are recent – as in having sunk only in the last 120 years or so.
The oldest shipwreck found in the area at that point was The Vlissingen, which went ashore in Meob Bay in 1747.
But then I saw the wooden stock of a matchlock musket lying at my feet.
The only exception is when it is a ship of state – then the country under whose flag the ship was sailing gets it and all its contents.