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At the Cape recently several English divert descended to the bottom of Saldanha Bay for the purpose of recovering some bidden treasure which was associated with an inter* eßting historical event. In the year 1770, when England was at war with the Dntoh, and jast prior to the capture of the colony, three Dutch merchant vessels, loaded with tin and copper, were souttled m Saldanha Bay, m order to escape capture by the English ships of war. The efforts of the divers m seeking for the cargoes* after the lapse of so many years were rewarded with auecess, at least £1000 worth of tin fend copper having been reoovered. A large quantity of chinaware, m a good ntate of preservation, waa also broofiht to the eurfaoe, and these relics were eagerly sought after? Captain Gibson, who has landed at Plymouth from the Qoilja Castle, brought home a number of antiqat oops and sauoera whioh were recovered, and whioh, by some means of identification, art said to have belonged to the ship Middles, burgh— one of the souttled vessels. Beyond being thinly ooated with tin, the artiolu art quite perfect. The recovery of the tin and copper aroused the jealousy of the Oapt Government, and the divers have now to pay a royalty on the hidden trauma tb« hnf e«ooeed«d m reqwring, . '7 *

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 6, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2116, 23 April 1889

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 6 Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2116, 23 April 1889

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