The greatest maritime mystery of all time has finally been solved. The San José Spanish galleon was believed to be lost forever but was discovered off the coast of Columbia.
The San José was a 64-gun, three-masted galleon of the Spanish Navy. It was launched in 1698 and sank in battle off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia, in 1708. At the time, it was laden with gold, silver and emeralds worth an estimated US$22 billion.
The shipwreck was finally located by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Colombia has claimed the galleon as part of its submerged patrimony, thus it is constitutionally obliged to protect and preserve the ship and all of its sunken contents. The government has classified the location of the galleon as a state secret.