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Ignoble Finish For Madrid Navigator´s Elcano Expedition ⋆

A Spanish ship trying to recreate the historic first sea voyage all over the world greater than 500 years in the past has been discovered sunk and looted after being hit by a storm.

The 21-metre (69-foot) crusing boat Professionals had left the Andalucian port of Seville in 2019 and was trying to sail the identical route taken by Fifteenth-century explorer Ferdinand Magellan’s ship Victoria.

After being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, it has been found sunk and stripped after it was misplaced throughout a violent storm that rocked the Western Pacific island of Guam on twenty fifth Could.

Professionals had been moored at a pier within the US territory when the highly effective Mawar storm hit the island.

Divers positioned the wreck at a depth of 30 metres (100 ft) close to the place it was moored in Apra Bay.

However the vessel’s skipper Jose Sola has revealed that in addition to the catastrophic storm injury, the yacht has additionally apparently been stripped of each merchandise of worth.

Looters even took furnishings and garments, the captain stated.

Image reveals the sailboat Professionals, undated. It disappeared because of the storm Mawar. (Newsflash)

Sola stated: “The 2 masts are damaged, there are two big gaps on the starboard facet, the hardtop roof is bent and the seals have disappeared from a lot of the hatches.”

He added: “And every part has been looted from the boat: the electronics, the drawers, a big a part of the garments.”

The Madrid based mostly Affiliation Of Pals Of Nice Spanish Navigators – which had organised the expedition – stated in a press release obtained by the Madrid Metropolitan  on 2nd June: “After days of hysteria because of the uncertainty surrounding the scenario of the Professionals sailboat in Apra Bay, the accessible clues have been confirmed, putting the Professionals sunk very near the pillar of the dock the place it had sought shelter from the hurricane-force winds.

“Even with out an official and written affirmation of the exact location of the sinking, Jose Sola, with the assistance of a diver, descended to the wreck to substantiate the id of the boat.

“Certainly, it’s positioned beneath the pillar, at a depth of about 27-30 metres, within the anticipated location.”

It’s unclear if native police are investigating the looters.

The Professionals was trying to recreate the voyage of Magellan’s Victoria ship, which set sail from Spain in 1519 in search of a faster path to the Spice Islands.

It returned to its dwelling port in Sanlucar, Cadiz, after three years at sea.

Navigator Juan Sebastian Elcanoended the voyage following Magellan’s loss of life in a battle within the Philippines.


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