Laden with treasure, the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de la Pura y Limpia Concepción set sail from Havana, Cuba, in September 1641. Eight days later a hurricane thrashed the ship. Leaking, she began a month-long limp toward Puerto Rico for repairs.
Just short of salvation, the Concepción struck a shallow reef and began sinking slowly. Three hundred hapless passengers and crew perished, and a fortune in silver tumbled into the Atlantic, inspiring the reefs shiny new name: Silver Bank.
For 357 years explorers have scoured Silver Bank for the Concepcións lost riches. Retrace her final journey in Ships Story, then walk the deck during her last, desperate hours. Meet explorer Tracy Bowden and examine his priceless finds in Treasure. For reference materials and classroom ideas, go to Resources & Links. And dont miss the July 1996 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine article Gleaning Treasure From the Silver Bank.