Le Dragon was the last French warship lost in the American Revolutionary War, literally by hours. With the explosion of the stern section of the ship, many items would have been thrown into the air and would have become buried in the sand.
During 2012 ADMAT's French archivist and researcher Florence Prudhomme conducted further research on this interesting ship and brave crew. As the archives slowly reveal their secrets, we find further information on the spy which was on board and a new society a "League of Gentlemen" sponsored by the King of France in 1783 to shape the New World. Note Le Dragon was the last French warship lost in the American Revolutionary War and it appears that the Captain and Spy were embroiled with the American battle plans for the Caribbean and the Americas in general. More on these stories when they are available but the more we research into the archives the more we locate documents which in their day would make a great Hollywood film today!
During the 2012 Island Wreck Project we conducted a brief inspection of Le Dragon site to check that all was well. ADMAT’s maritime archaeological work on this wreck site is being run with the permission of Ministerio de Cultura Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuático (ONPCS).
The weather was not good and the water visibility was terrible. However May Loo lead a team to conduct a metal detector survey of the shore line for concretions and Raimund Krob lead a team on the site to check it out. The visibility was so bad that the ballast pile had to be found by swimming into it. Anyway both operations were successful.
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