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December 13, 2007
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A team of experts from Indiana University announced today they have discovered one of the most storied treasure ships of the pirate age.

Charles Beeker examines possible wreckage from Capt. Kidd's Quedagh Merchant. - Submitted by Indiana University
Charles Beeker led the group, which discovered a wreck they believe will prove to be Capt. Kidd's Quedagh Merchant lying off the coast of the Dominican Republic.
"We've got a shipwreck in crystal clear, pristine water that's amazingly untouched," Beeker said in a press release from the university. Now they hope to see the wreck preserved.
Capt. William Kidd was at first hired by the British government to raid enemy shipping in the 1600s. But after capturing the heavily laden Quedagh, he was accused of turning pirate. He sailed the ship to the Caribbean, where he offloaded most of her loot and left her in the care of a small crew in 1699 while he headed to New York in a doomed effort to clear his name.
Kidd was eventually executed and the fate of the Quedagh had remained uncertain until Beeker's discovery.
Beeker, director of Academic Diving and Underwater Science Programs in IU Bloomington's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, said it is remarkable that the wreck has remained undiscovered all these years given its location, just 70 feet off the coast of Catalina Island in the Dominican Republic, and because it has been sought actively by treasure hunters.

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