Canada's Oldest Shipwreck to be Replicated

A 16th-century Basque whaling galleon, the San Juan, will be re-constructed full-scale and seaworthy.

The 16-meter, three-masted ship sank at a whaling station in the strait of Belle Isle and was found in 1978.  (photo)  Millions of barrels of whale oil were shipped to Europe from Canada during the 16th century. 

"The replica galleon to be built in the coming years is expected to travel between European cities during 2016 to mark the San Sebastian celebrations, then set sail for Labrador and other East Coast destinations in 2017 — in time for the 150th anniversary of Confederation — to help spread awareness of the deep historical connection between Canada and Spain."