Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes
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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:
CBC production "Secret World of Gold" documentary tracing gold's history refers to the shipwreck of the ship being found off the coast of Portugal by a Marine Odessey vessel, a company based in Tampa, Florida that is listed on NASDAQ. See Odyssey Marine Exploration WIKI Article. Peru attempted to claim the treasure as being originally plundered by the Spanish however the court case decided that Spanish government was the rightful successor of interest because Peru at the time of the wreck considered a Spanish colony and not a separate legal entity and therefore had no legal standing to date back to intervene or be entitled to proceeds of lawsuit.
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