1724 Guadalupe Underwater Archaeological Preserve
- The 1724 Guadalupe Underwater Archaeological Preserve is the the world's
first underwater shipwreck museum. Created during the summer of 2002 by IU
students and faculty, the preserve is adjacent to Viva Dominicus Beach and
Viva Dominicus Palace in Bayahibe. It was dedicated in a ceremony involving
representatives of Indiana University and Domincan Republic including Charles
Beeker, Director of the Office of Underwater Science and Tony Raful, the Secretary
of Culture for the Dominican Republic.
- History of the Guadalupe artifacts.
- The Spanish galleons Guadalupe and Tolosa sank in Samana Bay during a hurricane
in 1724. Undiscovered until the 1970s the wrecks lay undisturbed. In the 1970,
the ONPCS recovered artifacts and cannons from these shipwreck sites. Until
last year, the ships artifacts were stored away from the public view in the
- The making of the preserve.
- The underwater museum consists of 18th century ballast stones, cannons,
cannonballs, ceramic pieces and an anchor. All were transported and placed
safely underwater by IU students and faculty.
- Visitor Information
- The site is in 12 to 15 feet of water, so it is readily accessible to snorkelers
and divers, giving visitors the opportunity to see an actual 18th century
shipwreck artifacts in an underwater museum setting.
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