New South Wales Treasure Lead #4
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    New South Wales Treasure Lead #4

    Suffolk Park Shipwreck

    From a shipwreck at Suffolk Park about 5km south of Byron Bay, two wooden pegs were recently dated (1993) at between 1437 and 1651 (or 1450-1500). The shipwreck uncovered by sandmining in 1965 but now buried under 4m to 10m of sand. In the 1950s people could still recall the remains of three masts protruding 3m from the sand at an angle of 45 degrees. Sandmining opperations later buldozed the masts out of the way. Much earlier residents could recall portions of the hull protruding above the sand. In 1965 workmen unearthed a long wooden rudder. Sandminers involved in the discovery of the rudder in 1965, say it the ship was 4.2 m (14 feet) in length, while others say it was 12.2m (40 feet). To some experts, the size of the rudder suggests it could have been 51 and 75 metres (170 to 250 feet) long.
    It is suspected to be Portuguese. Aboriginal legends tell of a massacre of sailors in revenge for rapes.

 

 

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