Wreck of HMS De Braak

From Kook Science

The HMS De Braak was a British sloop-of-war that sunk some one mile off from Lewes, Delaware in the Delaware Bay on 10 June 1798. It was the object of repeated salvage efforts on the basis that it contained an enormous treasure, though there was substantially less than had been supposed when the wreck was finally uncovered and the hull raised in the 1980s.

Salvage Attempts

  • In 1877, Seth Pancoast formed the International Submarine Company and mounted a two-month search, but ultimately failed to recover any treasure.[1]



  1. "Dr. Pancoast's Treasure-Hunt", The Scrap Book (Frank A. Munsey Co.) 5 (4): 718, April 1908,