May 8, 2015 5:37 AM

Madagascar divers find silver believed part of pirate stash

The Associated Press

SAINTE MARIE ISLAND, Madagascar (AP) Divers in Madagascar have found a silver bar weighing about 50 kilograms (110 pounds) that they believe was part of the treasure of pirate Captain Kidd.

The bar was found this week in a bay off the island of Sainte Marie, near Madagascar's northeast coast. It was presented to the president of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, in a ceremony on the island on Thursday.

The diving team was led by Barry Clifford, an American undersea explorer who has been searching for pirate treasure for many decades. Clifford believes there could be more treasure on the bay floor where he found the bar.

William Kidd, known as Captain Kidd, raided ships at the end of the 17th century before being captured and executed in London in 1701.


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