Diamond miners find 500-year-old shipwreck loaded with £9million of gold in the Namibian desert
- Diamond miners stumbled across a 500-year-old shipwreck in Namibia
- Portuguese ship the Bom Jesus disappeared in 1533 en route to India
- Discovered in sand when miners drained a man made sea water lagoon
- It contained £9million worth of gold and silver coins and ivory tusks
Diamond miners working off the coast of Africa stumbled across a 500-year-old shipwreck loaded with £9million of gold and coins. The Bom Jesus – or Good Jesus – was first discovered along the Namibian coast near Oranjemund by geologists from the mining company De Beers in April 2008.
It was a Portuguese ship which set sail from Lisbon in 1533 captained by Sir Francisco de Noronha, and vanished, along with its entire crew, while on a voyage to India.