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Drake's brother in the River Plate.

Tuesday, August 8th 2000 - 21:00 UTC
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Drake's brother in the River Plate.

A vessel that under the command of the brother of the famous English corsair Francis Drake, John, sunk in 1581 in Uruguayan waters next to Punta del Este is to be recovered from the sea bed by an Argentine company. Uruguayan authorities extended this month shipwreck rescue licenses to "El Morro" company for the recovery of John Drake's vessel and two other Spanish ships that went down in 1795 and 1895 close to Isla de Lobos, a few miles from Punta del Este. According to reports from that time the frigate "Gaditana" heading for Cádiz, Spain sunk in the middle of a storm with an unspecified cargo. The "Ciudad de Santader" suffered a similar fate in may 1895. Although there's not much information about the English vessel it's believed it could hold some surprises since it was pillaging in the River Plate exit of Montevideo and Buenos Aires. In 1992 another Argentine rescuer found gold coins, guns and other utensils from the Spanish galleon that sunk close to Montevideo in 1752. According to Uruguayan legislation, the government is half partner of whatever is recovered.

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