Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes
The sinking of the Mercedes
|Name:||Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes|
|Launched:||Havana, Cuba, 1786|
|Fate:||Sunk by the British 5 October 1804|
|Notes:||Thought to be the wreck discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration, codenamed "Black Swan"|
The Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes (Our Lady of Mercy in English) was a Spanish frigate which was sunk by the British off the south coast of Portugal on 5 October 1804 during the Battle of Cape Santa Maria.
In popular culture
The CBC documentary "Secret World of Gold" about tracing gold's history referred to a shipwreck found off the coast of Portugal by a Marine Odyssey vessel based in Tampa, Florida. Peru attempted to claim the treasure as being originally plundered by the Spanish. However, a court case decided that the Spanish government was the rightful successor of interest because at the time of the wreck, Peru was considered a Spanish colony and not a separate legal entity, therefore it had no legal standing to be entitled to the proceeds of the lawsuit.
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