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Thursday November 10, 2011

Ship Remains off Panama Coast Could be Those of Sir Francis Drake

Ship Remains off Panama Coast Could be Those of Sir Francis Drake

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Ship wrecks recently discovered off the coast of Panama could possibly be the remains of the ship of Sir Francis Drake.

Divers have gone below to check out two wrecks resting on the ocean floor of the Caribbean.

It the ship remains do belong to Drake, that would make them more than four centuries old.

Sir Francis Drake was known not only an enemy of the Spanish due to his pirating ways, but also as the first Englishman to have circumnavigated the globe.

Using British underwater technology, the ships were discovered off Portobelo, a port city in Colón Province, Panama.

If these are Drake’s ships, it could mean that his remains are nearby as well.

In 1596, Drake died of dysentery. He was put to rest wearing a full suit of armor, in a lead-lined coffin. It is said that he was laid to rest near his ships, which had been intentionally sunk to keep them from the hands of the Spanish.

If the remains are confirmed to be his, this discovery is comparable only to that of the Titanic.