Victory met defeat though her discovery promises a victorious sweep.

In 1737  the largest sailing vessel ever to set sail on the high seas of her time  launched from Portsmouth England. She lengthened 226 and a half feet long from bowsprit to taff, with a lower gun deck of 186 feet. Construction of such a ship in eighteenth century funding would equate to present day cost of an aircraft carrier.

6000 oak trees fell from life to give birth to her massive 52 foot deck breadth. Seven short years later, along with74 year old war hero Admiral John Balchin, 800 – 1,100  highly skilled seamen sank to their death beneath tons of darkened water while scurrying to try and save her massive four story lamp lit hull.

1884 photo of duplicate HMS Victory built in 1759-1765

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Undiscovered for 12 generations, at the floor of the English Channel near the Channel  Islands, the Victory, along with many sons of the most prominent British dignitaries who volunteered voyage, rested in polyandrous frozen time.

Why would there have been dignitary volunteers?  Presumably to keep watch over the treasures that were aboard the greatest ship ever built for the Royal Navy.

Ships of those days many times were what the “Brinks” and “Wells Fargo” of today are to us…armed transportation!

Victory, at the time of her demise, was the most heavily armed Battle Ship in the world.

( Her replacement built 1759-1765, piloted by famed Lord Nelson is the oldest naval ship still in commission, and is dry docked in Portsmouth ,England as a Museum Ship).


Victory ?  For England, or for ( Odyssey ) the Florida Salvage Company who has located the all but forgotten wreckage?

This is the most significant shipwreck discovery in history” Said Odyssey president Greg Stemm. “It’s the solution to one of the most intriguing naval mysteries in history. It went down with the most famous admiral of his time, it went down with the largest collection of brass cannon in the world on-board, and research suggest it has one of the largest shipments of  gold and silver that will likely ever be found on a shipwreck“.  ( Feb.2 2009)

Stemm and his company are very aware of possible controversies stemming from such discoveries by (Original Propitiatory) countries. Odyssey Marine is currently still in a court battle with Spain over the discovery of the shipwreck 17th century ( Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes ), in 2006. The Mercedes is said to hold $500 Million dollars worth of treasure.

*(US federal court records filed by Odyssey, seeking exclusive rights, describe the site as 25 to 40 miles from the English coast, outside UK territorial waters)*.

Wow?  You may ask. How much treasure is the Victory said to have been carrying when she went down?  The answer is a shocking …More!!!

Over 100,000 of these babies with an estimated value of $1 BILLION Dollars.

The HMS Victory was returning from Lisbon, Portugal, according  to Odyssey’s research carrying 100,000 gold coins for numerous merchant companies.  She was dispatched to Portugal’s Tagus River to rescue a Mediterranean Convoy being blockaded by the French. The great “Man of War” was needless to say successful on her last assignment.

Sadly, however, she never made it home to Portsmouth to be greeted or accommodated for her gallant mission. None of the said 900 to 1,100 sailors aboard her final voyage in her short seven year life span would ever see lands end, or the shores of merry old Ingland again. “She went down in deep waters”.  Stemm said; The most likely cause of her demise was faulty construction of the ship herself.

Manned by some of the most highly skilled seaman known and available to England at the time, and piloted by the most esteemed admiral of his, and many days before, (Admiral John Balchin), the HMS Victory rested not alone for 250 years on the silent floor of the English Channel…but in the best company she could ever have been in…the company of her valiant and loyal crew.

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  2. WOW!!
    Right about now I wish I could find one of those coins…It would come in SOOOOOO HANDY!!

    But seriously, As much as these Findings are “Great” as a Treaure for Humanity and all that Jazz…In Reality aren’t these guys not so much interested in What Happened and the History as in Treasure Hunting?

    Why don’t they go after Ships w/o known Loots?? Hmmm??


    Missed reading your stuff :D

    God Bless, Paul!!

    How’s the Kitty BTW??


    • These particular guys have found “Hundreds” of Historically all but forgotten shipwrecks. In fact they were hunting for a few other shipwrecks ( Which carried no other treasure but cannons and some just Merchant goods )when they located this one, which was 65 miles away from where everyone said it was believed to have diapered 250 years ago. Still, can you imagine how much it cost to power those Diesel Engines on such Salvaging Ships necessary to operate such undertakings? I mean hey …apparently England never spent a whole lot of time trying to locate it? Maybe they did, but, those who’s dream and all their life’s works have gone into circling the globe via Oceans …well somebody has to do it. I know of many other shipwrecks they have located and salvaged for no more than just the passion of history and the sea.
      God Bless you


    • Yes, My biggest disappointment so far…was NOT in finding (Excessive Greed) which those who spend their lives salvaging ships may or may have not have had…but the fact that in their research (and therefore thus far in my own) only the cargo/treasure manifest has been recovered …and out of the (Estimated)? 900-1,000 men on-board…I’ve only found the name of the Admiral so far…somethings really wrong there in my opinion…I mean people who seek sunken ships …of course must finance their means of livelihood, but, what of the Souls Lost 12 generations ago…?


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