Chinese shipwrecks in the Caribbean?

A little over 20 years ago, whilst diving in the Caribbean, a friend of ‘1421’ came across some shards of Ming Dynasty porcelain and a piece of Blue Ingot Glass, shaped into a heart. Along with the shards, he discovered a Bronze Step Cover and pieces of Medicine Jars made of thick black and brown glass, and some unusually shaped lead pieces. The glass resembles some of the first glass ever made in China. The ship’s bell and anchor, which have been retrieved, have no markings on them. Local folklore has it, that this ship sank long ago, during a hurricane with no survivors.

In 1992 renowned treasure hunter Mel Fisher had one of his archeological team confirm that they were not from any Spanish, English or Danish ships, and beyond that he could not shed any light on the ship’s origin, other than the shards were from the Ming Dynasty Era and the step cover was unlike anything he had ever seen before.

We would be most interested to hear your views on this find. We are not able to divulge the precise location of the wrecks as yet.

To view pictures of the wrecks and associated artefacts, please click here

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