In 1625 the VOC-ship Schoonhoven sailed from Holland to the East Indies. On the evening of January 23rd 1626, it sailed near Melides, Portugal. In a violent storm the ship run aground and sunk. Our archival research in Portugal and the Netherlands, has revealed the location of the wreck.

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Also, we learned from the archives that a cargo of 30,000 silver coins was on board. Together with an international Portuguese and American team and state-of-the-art sonar equipment MR&C wants to find this fascinating VOC-wreck. The planning for the start of the search is September 2014.

Besides funding from Universities and the Maritime Program of the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency, the team is raising money through Crowdfunding. Please have a look at www.commonsites.net where you can find all the details of this exiting project.

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