Sponsored by: AIA-Spokane Society
The Galleon Santo Cristo de Burgos left the Philippine Islands for the Port of Acapulco in New Spain (Mexico) in July 1693, loaded with Asian luxury goods of silk, fine cottons, porcelain, spices, art, and beeswax, in large blocks and candles. The ship, undermanned and with an inexperienced captain, somehow went hundreds of miles off course to wreck near the Nehalem River in northern Oregon, where survivors of the wreck lived with coastal Nehalem and Clatsop Indians. Goods from the ship itself were recovered by an archaeologist from the Oregon State Parks and Maritime Archeology Society. Scott Williams, Principal Investigator of the Beeswax Wreck Project and President of the Maritime Archaeological Society, will tell the story of the Society’s 16-year research project into the identity and location of the wreck, and discuss the latest finds. Dr. Williams is the Cultural Resources Program Manager at the Washington State Department of Transportation.