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The Tobermory Treasure Galleon

After the defeat of the Spanish armada by the British fleet in 1588, it is said that a critically damaged Spanish vessel took shelter in the bay of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, Scotland.

It is said that the ship sank when a local clan chief boarded the vessel and detonated the powder magazine destroying the ship, or, in another version of the story that the ship sank from damage sustained in the battle.

Although the identity of the ship is not known for sure, (some sources say she was the Florida, the Florencia, the San Juan de Sicilia or the San Juan de Baptista, Duque di Florenzia - the Duke of Florence) rumours that the vessel was carrying a huge treasure have persisted for many years.

A number of Spanish artefacts are reputed to have been recovered from the bay over the years, see the Tobermory galleon timeline (printed sources) page for more information on cannon and other items recovered from the wreck site.

A salvage operation was due to begin in September 2006, but I haven't heard any further news on this, if you know anything about it please email me and let me know.

Do you have more information about the Tobermory Galleon? email me!

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