Diana Shipwreck Cargo Port Bottle c1816
Diana Shipwreck Cargo Port Bottle c1816
Diana Shipwreck Cargo Port Bottle c1816
Diana Shipwreck Cargo Port Bottle c1816
Diana Shipwreck Cargo Port Bottle c1816
Diana Shipwreck Cargo Port Bottle c1816

Diana Shipwreck Cargo Port Bottle c1816

c. 1816 China

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This particular bottle is out of shape and covered in the remains of sea life, making it in my opinion a most interesting, pretty and completely unique piece.
The Diana Cargo On the 4th of March 1817, the Diana set sail up the Malacca Strait to Prince of Wales Island under the command of Captain Alexander Lyell. The night was pitch black and with nothing to guide them they pressed on blindly to the northwest. As the leadsman called out the water depths with the ship covering 220m a minute, they reduced rapidly from 16 fathoms, to 10! The lookouts peer vainly ahead but could see nothing. However, below the water was Karang Lintang, a submerged cordillera of granite boulders. First Officer James Crichton anxiously debated whether to wake the captain, who suffering from dysentery was asleep on his bunk.

The Diana effectively ended the debate as she crashed into the rocks, sending everyone sprawling. Thrown from his bunk, Captain Lyell rushed up on deck but it was too late to save her. Punctured by a boulder the water poured in and though they tumbled the cannon overboard, brought down the topmasts and started the watercasks, they could not get her off. During the night, they tried to send a boat back to Malacca for assistance but after it had been driven back for the third time, Lyell ordered the crew to abandon ship. Eventually she floated free and steered for Malacca, the Diana, settling deeper every minute, suddenly plunged under taking two Lascars and Captain Lyell with it.

176 years later, after discovering records of a lost ship, the Malaysian Historical Salvers (MHS) was awarded a contract to search for an salvage the Diana.
After spending three years and locating 11 wrecks, they finally found her 4 days before Christmas.
Dimensions
Width 25.00 cm (9.84 inches)
Stock Code
CP21
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