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Captain Kidd’s Treasure is a Big Lump of Lead

Captain Kidd’s treasure turns out to be a bar of lead!

Back in May we reported on the discovery of a 50kg (110lb) silver bar, recovered from what was believed to be the wreck of Captain William Kidd’s ship, the Adventure Galley, off the coast of Madagascar. The press quickly jumped on the story, claiming Captain Kidd’s treasure had been discovered.

Portrait of Captain William Kidd, captain kidd's treasure found in Madagascar?
Portrait of Captain William Kidd

The United Nations have released a statement saying that the wreck is not Captain William Kidd’s ship and the ‘silver bar’ is, in fact, 95% lead:

“The mission showed that several historic wrecks lie indeed in the bays of Sainte-Marie island,”

“However, what had been identified as the Adventure Galley of the pirate Captain Kidd has been found by the experts… to be a broken part of the Sainte-Marie port constructions.”

More on the BBC web site.

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The BBC Reports Captain Kidd’s treasure found in Madagascar

Captain Kidd’s treasure found in Madagascar?

The BBC is reporting that Captain Kidd’s treasure may have been found off the coast of Madagascar. What has actually been found is a single large  50 kilogram silver bar, believed to have originated in 17th Century Bolivia.

Portrait of Captain William Kidd, Captain Kidd's treasure found
Portrait of Captain William Kidd

Famed underwater explorer Barry Clifford believes the silver bar came from the wreck of Captain William Kidd’s (executed for piracy in London in 1701) ship.

Captain William Kidd after being executed in 1701. Captain Kidd's treasure found
Captain William Kidd after being executed in 1701.

Forensic tests will be made on timbers from the ship to see if it originated in England.

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