Slot ter Hooghe was a merchant vessel sailing forthe Dutch East India Company(VOC) between patria and the East Indies. She was on her first voyage to the East Indies when she wrecked.
Only a year after being built she wrecked off the coast of the island Porto Santo, located Northeast of Madeira. 221on board of the shiplost their lives.
In the 18th century there were alreadyattempts
to salvage the wreck of the ship 't Slot ter Hooghe
by John Lethbridge who was hired by the Dutch in
1725, only a year after the wreck. But excavation of the site
wasn't done on a proper level until Robert Sténuit excavated
the wreck in the 1970's.
An article written by Sténuit regarding this wreck
"The treasure of Porto Santo" was published by
National Geographic in August of 1975.
Artifacts found on site included a large quantity of gold
and silver coins and bullion,as well as somecannons.
Photos from National Geographic:
Type: Dutch East Indiaman (Spiegelretourschip)
Name: 't Slot ter Hooghe
Master: Steven Boghoute
Chamber: VOC Zeeland
Tonnage: 425 last, 850 ton
Length: 160 feet