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Monday, 11 June 2012

West Palm treasure hunter continues search for fabled gold Madonna statue


West Palm Beach treasure hunter Bob Bouchlas has spent decades searching for a piece of sunken treasure: a gold Madonna and Child statue listed aboard a Spanish galleon that sank in the 1656 near the Bahamas.

The statue was never found among the later recovered loot of gold, silver and jewels.

Bouchlas, 80, says the elusive statue may be buried off the coast of Palm Beach County, and is seeking the rights to salvage the wreckage of a what he believes is the San Miguel Arcangel. The Spanish ship went down near what is now Palm Beach County around the same time as the legendary Nuestra SeƱora de las Maravillas galleon, which sank near the Bahamas with a cargo of gold and gems partly salvaged in the 70s and 80s.

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