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Pirate ships found after 400 years with the help from Seatronics
Date: Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 04:23:15 EST

Pirate ships found after 400 years with the help from SeatronicsSeatronics has recently been involved in the findings of two lost ships from the 16th Century. A lot of time, energy and equipment has been used in the search. TSS Motion Sensors, Valeport miniSVS Sensors, TSS Meridian Gyrocompass, Hypack navigation packages, GeoAcoustics GeoPulse Sub-Bottom profiler systems and Marine magnetics explorer magnetometer umbilical's are only some of the equipment Seatronics has provided to assist the successful search.

Sir Francis Drake, the daring English seafarer known for his many adventures mostly for the 'famous voyage', his successful circumnavigation of the world between 1577 and 1580 made him one of the best remembered figures of Tudor England, died on his final voyage from dysentery. His body was placed inside a lead coffin and slipped overboard and his 2 ships were sunk near his body.

Now 400 years on, the mystery is starting to unravel!

The former American basketball team owner and hardcore pirate aficionado, Pat Croce, led his team to the coast of Panama this week in search for the 'pirates' remains and after days of searching through murky water, using high-tech equipment provided by Seatronics, things started to happen.

Early on October 24 2011, Croce posted on his blog:

"Big things are percolating under the waters of Portobello Bay. From here on out until I get the OK, we'll be operating on radio silence on this blog. Stay tuned!"

Later that day the silence was broken, the 150-ton Elizabeth and 50-ton Delight had been found. After Drake had died both ships had been emptied and torched by his enemies, the Spanish, so no treasure has been found.

Both ships are the property of Panama, therefore will remain where they are. However thanks to research, Croce and his team know that Drakes body went overboard close to his ships. They will continue with their pursuit to find the lead coffin and thanks to their recent findings, hopefully they are closer than they have ever been.

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