Vasco da Gamma fleet ship sank near Oman in 1503

In this undated photo made available by Blue Water Recoveries company on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, the expedition ship is seen at the Ghubbat ar Rahib bay, the excavation area of wreck site of the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama's ship, Esmeralda which sank in a storm in May 1503 off the coast of Al Hallaniyah island in Oman's Dhofar region. (AP)

Archaeologists say they've discovered the site where a ship, which was part of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gamma's fleet, sank off the coast of modern-day Oman in 1503.

This undated photo made available by Blue Water Recoveries company on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 shows a rare silver coin called an Indio discovered from the debris of the explorer Vasco da Gama's ship, Esmeralda which sank in a storm in May 1503 off the coast of Al Hallaniyah island in Oman's Dhofar region. (AP)

They say debris discovered off Oman's al-Hallaniyah Island includes an incredibly rare silver coin called an Indio, of which only one other is known to exist. They believe the wreckage likely comes from a ship called the Esmeralda, which sank in a violent storm in May 1503, killing all onboard.

The archaeologists announced their findings in an article published by The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.

In this undated photo made available by Blue Water Recoveries company on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, divers excavate the wreck site of the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama's ship, Esmeralda which sank in a storm in May 1503 off the coast of Al Hallaniyah island in Oman's Dhofar region. (AP)

Ayoub al-Busaidi, the supervisor of marine archaeology at the Oman Ministry of Heritage and Culture, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the discovery also shows the long history of his country in international trade.

 

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