Shipwreck of the East India Trading Company - The Admiral Gardner

The Admiral Gardner was an East India Trading Company ship which sank with a cargo of extremely unique and rare coins. The East India Trading Company was made famous by the Pirates of the Carribean movies.


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The Admiral Gardner Shipwreck

by Bradley "Brad" Williamson

Built at Limehouse in 1797, the 800 ton English East Indian "Admiral Gardner" was bound for Madras on

The Admiral Gardner Shipwreck
The East Indian Trading Company Vessel the Admiral Gardner
 her sixth voyage with a mixed cargo of anchors, chain, guns, shot and iron bar stocks in January 1809. She also carried a large cargo of rare and unique coins. In company with the East Indian "Britannia" and "Apollo", she was caught in the Downs by a violent gale and wrecked on the Goodwin Sands.

The cargo of rare and unique coins were never salvaged by East India Trading Company.

In 1976, East India Trading Company tokens appeared in sand dredged from the Goodwins for use as fill for construction work in Dover Harbor. The site and her cargo of tokens was eventually located in 1983 by divers investigating a fisherman’s snag. The site was then subject to a number of parties claiming interest as it was thought to be the 'Britannia', lost at the same time but carrying silver Company tokens.

A salvage agreement was reached and operations began in 1984 and many of the shipwreck coins were recovered.

The area of exposed wreckage covers an area of approximately 15m x 20m and has been observed to stand one meter below the current seabed level.  A search located another area away of the main mound where two guns and an anchor were exposed.

A fascinating appeal of this shipwreck is that it is an East India Trading Company vessel. The Dutch East India Company was made famous by the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

If you would like to own one of these rare and valuable shipwreck coins and also own a piece of the famous East India Trading company as shown in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, CLICK HERE and follow the link to our Treasure Coins.



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