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 Post subject: Treasure From The Forbes Wreck Sumatra
PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:25 pm 
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Where can I find out how much treasure was recoved from the Forbes wreck?

What is the deal on treasure recovered this way?

How much of the treasure belongs to the Government of Indonesia?

John


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 Post subject: Re: Treasure From The Forbes Wreck Sumatra
PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:17 pm 
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John,

I am not sure that the exact amount of treasure recovered from the Forbes wreck off Sumatra, Indonesia, has been disclosed up to this time. However, there is a report in the scuba diving section of http://www.getwet-asia.com that may give you an idea of the volume of the recovered treasure so far: "upwards from 30,000 silver coins, 14 large iron cannons (probably 12-pounders), storage jars, porcelain, 400 odd wine bottles, glasses and even a little bit of gold".

Who owns the treasure? Treasure from ships such as the Forbes, if they are discovered within territorial waters, are generally the property of the nation in whose waters they are found - because old wrecks are beyond the normal rules of salvage. However, sometimes the original owners may have some claim as may descendants of those who perished aboard the vessels -- not the case with the Forbes' treasure as the crew escaped to safety after the Forbes ran aground on the then uncharted Discovery Reef.

Who gets the treasure? In the case of the Forbes, the treasure will be split equally (50:50) between the Indonesian Government and the company who recover it.

If we find out more about the Forbes and its treasure, we will add to this thread.

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