The Flor de la Mar (Flower of the Sea) was a 400 ton Portuguese carrack (frigate) built in Lisbon during 1502. The naval history of the ship was impressive and it was involved in the battle of Diu, the subjugation of Goa and the capture of Malacca.
Captained by Alfonso de Albuquerque the ship was loaded with a vast treasure taken from Malacca as well as tributes from the King of Siam. According to various historical accounts it was the largest treasure ever assembled in the history of the Portuguese navy. The Flor de la Mar set sail for Portugal, together with four other ships, but was caught in a violent storm in the Straits of Malacca. On the 20th November 1511 it was shipwrecked on the reefs of Sumatra. The ship broke in two and although Alfonso was saved, the treasure and many young slaves were lost to the waves.
The exact location of the shipwreck is confused, probably due to the inaccurate maps of the time. It is considered the richest treasure still to be found.
Treasure: Contents of the Flor de La Mar
Current Estimated Value: $2.6 Billion + (54,431kg of Gold x $49,000 per Kg)
Contents: Gold goblets, silver plate and extensive gold bullion
Location: Off the coast of Sumatra