Honduras seeks aid to raise 17th century galleon

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras is asking universities in Chile and Mexico to urgently lend it equipment to raise a 17th century galleon submerged off its Atlantic coast before the wreck is ransacked by thieves.

Carmen Julia Fajardo of the Honduras Anthropology and History Institute (INAH) said on Tuesday the galleon was located in waters just off the San Fernando Fortress, about 112 miles (180 km) north of the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa and once a first line of defence against British pirates in colonial times.

"The galleon is there, or very close to where the discoveries were made," said Fajardo. "The problem is that we don't have the equipment to extract it and we are worried about it being ransacked, so we are asking for emergency assistance from universities in Mexico and Chile."

The galleon was discovered in September after authorities caught a fisherman trying sell a canon from the vessel.

Authorities followed up with some exploration of their own, and discovered an amphora used to store wine and an anchor.


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