Nossa Senhora da Consolação (1608)

A Portuguese shipwreck, possibly the Nossa Senhora da Consolação, lost due to an attempted seizure during the course of the 1608 Dutch blockade and siege of Mozambique Island, was found on Cabeceira reef, Ilha de Moçambique, in the Province of Nampula, Republic of Mozambique, in 2001 during a systematic treasure-hunt survey of the area by a commercial firm.

The salvage of this wreck provided a collection of artefacts from the late 16th and the early 17th centuries. The evidence suggests that the shipwreck was a typical Portuguese Indiaman, similar to those described in Portuguese 16th century ship treaties, with a keel of around 27.7m and an overall length of nearly 40m.



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