Talk:Scilly naval disaster of 1707

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"for fear of attracting bounty hunters," Not bounty hunters. Treasure hunters? Salvage? --Wetman (talk) 04:03, 10 January 2010 (UTC)

Treasure hunters, no doubt, but I wonder if the author of the quote made a mistake. Farrell, Nigel, An Island Parish. A Summer on Scilly is not accessible on the web, so I can't check. HMS_Association_(1697) also says "for fear of attracting bounty hunters," and attributes it to Farrell, but not as a direct quote. --Akhilleus (talk) 04:22, 10 January 2010 (UTC)
The same user added it to Association's page. I've changed it to treasure hunters as this is the more accepted terminology, Bounty hunters are something quite different. I've also read, but cannot now remember where, a refutation of the story of the sailor of Shovell's flagship who argued the location and was hanged for his efforts, as being some lurid and dramatic later invention. Since all aboard Association were lost, where has this story come from, who could know what had transpired? Obviously a later fabrication. Benea (talk) 00:05, 11 January 2010 (UTC)
The term "bounty hunters" is indeed used by Farrell, but I agree that "treasure hunters" is more appropriate here. As for the story of the sailor of Shovell's flagship who argued the location and was hanged, it is still being told and very much associated with the disaster. However, it is a story (see also the valid point made by Benea) and is therefore clearly marked as a "legend" in the article. Thanks for your contributions, Cyan22 (talk) 01:20, 11 January 2010 (UTC)