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Christie's, South Kensington, The Abbatucci Cargo, 7th October 1997, lot 123.
Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts
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The General Abbatuci was a Corsican cargo ship of 282 tons and on 13th May 1869 was sailing from France to Corsica carrying a cargo of treasure comprising jewellery watches and gold coins destined for the Vatican, when it was hit by a Norwegian barquentine and sank within two hours with the loss of 54 lives. The wreck was located in 1996 by the salvage company Blue Water Recoveries and much of it's original cargo was recovered.