Captain Kidd’s Treasure May Have Been Found Off Madagascar


One of the most famous lost pirate treasures may have just been found.

Explorers working off the coast of Madagascar have uncovered a giant silver ingot that they believe came from the wreck of the Adventure Galley, a ship used by the notorious 17th-century pirate Captain William Kidd.

There’s more down there. I know the whole bottom of the cavity where I found the silver bar is filled with metal,” marine archaeologist and treasure hunter Barry Clifford, who discovered the wreck, told the BBC. “It’s too murky down there to see what metal, but my metal detector tells me there is metal on all sides.”

The ingot, which weighs more than 120 pounds, was discovered off the coast of the small island of Sainte Marie. It was handed over to Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina in a ceremony on Thursday.

The spot where the silver bar was found. Just off the coast in shallow water.

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The silver bar is marked with the letters “T” and “S,” and the BBC reports that it’s believed to have come from 17-century Bolivia. The ship was built in England.

All the evidence points to it being part of Captain Kidd’s treasure,” Clifford told “It’s a huge find for my team but an even bigger find for Madagascar and world history.”

Clifford told AFP that he has found 13 ships in the bay over the past 15 years, including Captain Kidd’s Adventure Galley and Fiery Dragon, a ship once captained by pirate William Condon, a.k.a. Billy One-Hand.

Archaeologist John de Bry, who was at the ceremony, told AFP that the wreck and ingot were “irrefutable proof that this is indeed the treasure of the Adventure Gallery.”

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