It is with great relief that I see AnTiki’s track begin to turn north again and I know alot of you are avidly watching the YellowBrick to learn the progress of the raft.
The scale is written on the map which varies with the level of magnification you choose. So we can see that for 52 hours from midnight on friday night, the average distance covered between each 4 hourly report is about 5 miles and average speed less than 1 knot which suggests thay have deployed the sea anchor as expected whilst the winds are blowing from the NE.
The Yellowbrick track shows that at midday yesterday the average distance between reports increased to about 12 miles and average speed more than 2 knots which suggests they have taken in the sea anchor and are sailing again.
The winds are forecast to continue from the east which puts AnTiki on course for The Silver Bank, an area of about 600 square miles north of The Dominican Republic and south east of The Turks and Caicos Islands.
It is as shallow as 60 feet in places and has the wreck of Polyxeni visible.
Laden with treasure, the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de la Pura y Limpia Concepción set sail from Havana, Cuba, in September 1641. Eight days later a hurricane thrashed the ship. Leaking, she began a month-long limp toward Puerto Rico for repairs.
Just short of salvation, the Concepción struck a shallow reef and began sinking slowly. Three hundred hapless passengers and crew perished, and a fortune in silver tumbled into the Atlantic, inspiring the reef’s shiny new name: Silver Bank.
The shipping routes sailed by such vessels as the Concepción were the lifelines of the Spanish Empire. Silks, spices, porcelain, and other goods arriving from the Philippines were unloaded from ships on Mexico’s west coast and carried overland to the east coast. There the goods were placed on other ships, along with silver from Mexico’s mines. Sailing to Spain, the treasure-filled ships were natural targets for the pirates of the Caribbean.
This website explains more about the recent status of Silver Bank …. “As part of the Sanctuary, all activity on the Silver Bank must adhere to strict guidelines set forth by the office of the Sub-Secretariat of Protected Areas & Biodiversity of the Dominican Republic, and overseen by the on-site Coordinator of the Silver Bank. Among other things, these guidelines limit the number of vessels on the Silver Bank. In fact, no vessel may visit the Silver Bank without a permit.”