Treasure Galleon Schematic
This schematic/diagram is what a treasure galleon in the 1700's would have looked like. This is an extremely useful tool to understand the layout of the vessel you are searching for and recovering treasure from. Provided by Bradley Williamson
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Schematic - Diagram: Provided by Bradley Williamson
Utilizing the provided schematic/diagram helps to understand the layout of the vessel. For example in the lowest section of the vessel (the bilge) many times the vessels would be loaded with ballast stones. These "ballast stones" were smooth roundish rocks from rivers and they were placed in the bilge to help steady the vessel and make them more seaworthy by keeping the vessels from becoming to "top heavy".
On the deck just above the bilge filled with the "ballast stones" is where the chests of silver coins and the silver bars would be stored. There was usually an abundance of silver (coinage and bars) so they need a large area they could use to store the silver. The average weight for a silver bar was 80 pounds so they wanted to store them in the lower sections of the vessel. This also helped to ballast the vessel.
Because of the extreme value of gold and jewelry these items were stored in the stern castle ( the stern castle is the upper rear section of the vessel where often the captain had his cabin). The gold and jewelry were kept here because the captain and the officers (whose cabins were also in the stern castle) could keep guard of the valuable gold and jewelry.
Often in the forecastle (the upper forward sections of the vessel) is where the galley was. This is where meals were prepared. They even had an oven which was encased in bricks to make sure the vessel (made out of wood) did not catch on fire.
Many times you can tell the section of the vessel you have found by the items you are recovering. For example if you are finding bricks for an oven then you have found the forecastle section of the vessel. If you are finding ballast stones, silver bars, silver coins, etc., then you have found the lower decks. If you are lucky enough to be finding gold and jewelry then you have located the stern castle of the vessel.
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