Marine Heritage Database

Chameau - 1725

Ship Type

Typical Profile

Tonnage

600

Length(ft)

Breadth(ft)

Depth(ft)

Masts

Decks

Hull

Wood

Shipwreck Details

Description

CHAMEAU was a flutte, a large armed transport.

Story

Carrying payroll and important officials from France, CHAMEAU made landfall in the wrong place in a gale and was blown onto the rocks north of Lousibourg on August 26, 1725. Over 200 people were aboard but all perished. She gave her name to Chameau Rock near the site of her sinking. Alex Storm and a team of divers found the wreck and some of its treasure in 1966. CHAMEAU's coins are an example of a bullion hoard, a shipment of many freshly minted, nearly identical coins being shipped by government for circulation. Their discovery attracted many treasure hunters to Nova Scotia. CHAMEAU has since been worked on by five teams of treasure hunters, along with countless illegal looters, and is still being searched under license. There is some dispute about how many were aboard. Some estimates go up to 300.

Vessel Type

Transport, Frigate

Type of Event

Loss

Nature of Event

Capsized

Cause of Event

Stress of weather

Date of Wreck

1725-10-21

Location

Louisbourg, 3 leagues from

Cargo

82,010 livres of gold and silver coins

Lives Lost

216

Voyage from

La Rochelle, Nova Scotia , France

Voyage to

Quebec, Quebec , Canada

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

Rochefort, France

Date

1717

Registered at

French Navy, France

Date

Propulsion

Sail

Rig

Unknown

Details

Built at Rochefort, France to a design by Blaise Olliver.

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