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Cargo

First investigated in 2005, initial and later visual ROV inspections demonstrated that site 35F had been profoundly damaged.  Hull remains, cannon and cargo were severely broken up, scattered and destroyed, the result of impacts from the offshore fishing industry. A selection of 58 diagnostic artifacts ranging from ballast stones to patches of lead hull sheathing, cannonballs and manilla copper bracelets were recovered from the site. This limited assemblage was derived almost exclusively from the southern half of the wreck, identified as the bows. The project produced provisional evidence to interpret the site as an armed merchant vessel most probably dating to the later 17th century and transporting a consignment of elephant tusks and seemingly iron cannon stowed as saleable ballast. Both the tusks and manilla bracelets, the latter of which were used as primitive currency, suggest the ship’s final voyage included trade with West Africa, or interaction with other ships or merchants engaged in the African trade. The vessel is likely to have been transporting a further primary organic cargo, which is no longer preserved.