Saint John's Bahamas Shipwreck, Bahamas (c. 1550)
The identity of this ship is unknown although it has been tentatively identified as the Santa Clara, a 300 ton nao that ran aground on the Little Bahama Bank in 15641. It was found in 1991 by St. John’s Expeditions, a treasure hunter company from Florida, and excavated by that company and the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society, under the direction of Corey Malcom and David Moore.
Description of Site
The site covers 150 m2. Along with several guns a wooden structure was found along 19.9m, formed mostly by the planking and several very eroded frames. Fragments of the keel were also found2.
|Construction Feature||Sided (cm)||Molded (cm)|
|Room and Space||48|
1. David Moore personal communication.
2. Malcom, Corey “St. John Bahamas Wreck” in Delgado, James P. Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology, Yale University Press, London, 1997: 351-352.
Malcom, Corey “St. John Bahamas Wreck” in Delgado, James P. Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology, Yale University Press, London, 1997: 351-352.
Malcom, Corey "The St. John Bahamas wreck: research and excavation plan", Report on file in the MFMHS, Key West, Florida.
Malcom, Corey “The St. John Bahamas wreck: Interim Report 1: The Excavation and Artifacts 1991-5" Astrolabe, Journal of the MFMHS (1996) 9.1.