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The "Correio d’ Ázia" – an early 19th century Portuguese "galera" wrecked in Australia. Preliminary findings.

Author(s): Alexandre Monteiro ; Jennifer Rodrigues

Year: 2013

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In 1816 the Portuguese "galera" ´Correio da Azia´ was sailing from Lisbon to China "against weather, seas and wind, fire, shallows and coastal dangers and errors of maps".

Carrying general cargo and more than 107.000 silver coins, the ship was never to reach its destination: on November, the 26th, she struck an uncharted reef off what was then New Holland and was hopelessly lost.

After a failed salvaged attempt in 1817, the loss of the ship quietly slipped into the History until its story was first uncovered in 1987, by the acquisition of a book detailing the salvage attempt and then, again, in 1995, when a manuscript of what happened that fateful day was uncovered in the Portuguese archives.

Although the search for the ´Correio´ was on, it was not until 2004 that the ship was finally found by a team of the Western Australia Museum.

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The "Correio d’ Ázia" – an early 19th century Portuguese "galera" wrecked in Australia. Preliminary findings.. Alexandre Monteiro, Jennifer Rodrigues. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428552)


Portugal Shipwreck silver coins.

Geographic Keywords
PORTUGAL Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -28.549; min lat: 32.638 ; max long: -6.19; max lat: 42.151 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 643

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America