Wrecks in USA & Canada

Of all the US wrecks, the Spanish treasure ships are perhaps the most spectacular. Spain brought gold and silver across the Atlantic for centuries. From thousands of transports, only a small minority wrecked. The most ill-fortuned flotas (convoys) were those of 1622, 1715, and 1733, which ran in to storms, and mostly ended up at the coast of Florida.

Further reading

The cold freshwater of the North American Great Lakes conserves shipwrecks very well. However, recent increase of zebra mussels seems to be a threat. HMS Fowey photo courtesy Florida State University. Page by Per Åkesson, rev jul '12

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