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July - November 2020 Item: Bronze bell

The first item exhibited in the Basque Maritime Museum’s Musealiak space is a bronze bell made for an English sailing boat in 1867, the Poonah, which was taking passengers from India to South Africa, and also to the Caribbean to work on the sugar plantations. It was wrecked a few years later in Canada, where it was salvaged by Juan González in 1991 while fishing on the “Olagorta” trawler.

The bell eventually found a final resting place in 2012, when Juan González donated it to the Untzi Museoa, now the Basque Maritime Museum.



This item is a silver “piece of eight” coin, struck in Mexico in 1741, and taken aboard the Hollandia vessel in 1743, which was sailing to Batavia.

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