Pirate Capt Kidd’s ‘treasure’ found in Madagascar

Underwater explorers in Madagascar say they have found what is thought to be the treasure of notorious Scottish pirate William Kidd.

Soldiers on Sainte Marie island have been guarding the 50kg silver bar after divers brought it to shore.

Madagascar’s president as well as UK and US diplomats received the suspected treasure at a ceremony on the island.

Capt Kidd was executed in 1701 for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean.

The BBC’s Martin Vogl tweets from the ceremony that the respected American underwater explorer Barry Clifford believes the 17th Century silver bar is from the wreckage of the pirate’s ship…

h/t History and Archeology Today


  • Awesome!

    • eMan14

      You took the words out of my mouth. Is it too late to put in my dibs on the treasure?

      • andycanuck

        Say you represent the government of Spain.

  • Minicapt

    What if they’re just kidding around?