16th century galleon to be reconstructed

Published on February 20th, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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A team of Spanish maritime heritage experts are planning to reconstruct the oldest shipwreck ever found in Canada: a 16th-century Basque whaling galleon.

Parks Canada underwater archeologists, who discovered the 250-tonne San Juan in 1978 after following documented clues about a lost galleon traced by federal archivist Selma Barkham, will meet this week with Spanish officials to begin sharing decades of amassed research on the ship’s design and construction, Postmedia News has learned.

Then, to mark the Basque city of San Sebastian’s year as Europe’s “cultural capital” in 2016, Spain expects to christen its floating tribute to the whaling crews that — for several decades during the 16th century — transported millions of barrels of whale oil to Europe from the future Canada, a treasure every bit as valuable at the time as the gold taken by Spanish conquistadors from more southerly parts of the Americas.

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Story: Randy Boswell, Canada.com | Photo: Canada.com

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