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‘We were meant to be on the other side of the bay’ – divers recall day they found wreck of Spanish Armada galleon

Treasured memories the richest find for Derry divers who found Spanish Armada ship

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La Trinidad Valencera, one of the largest ships in the Spanish Armada, sank in Kinnagoe Bay in Co Donegal in 1588

La Trinidad Valencera, one of the largest ships in the Spanish Armada, sank in Kinnagoe Bay in Co Donegal in 1588

Archie Jack camps out at Kinnagoe Bay. Photo: Lorcan O'Doherty

Archie Jack camps out at Kinnagoe Bay. Photo: Lorcan O'Doherty

Kinnagoe Bay in Co Donegal. Photo: Lorcan Doherty

Kinnagoe Bay in Co Donegal. Photo: Lorcan Doherty

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La Trinidad Valencera, one of the largest ships in the Spanish Armada, sank in Kinnagoe Bay in Co Donegal in 1588

When Archie Jack and Danny O’Donnell step on to the golden sands of Kinnagoe Bay, the years slip away. It seems like only yesterday they were young divers eager to find the lost wreck of the Spanish Armada ship La Trinidad Valencera.

Archie, who turns 84 later this month, and Danny, now 76, were members of the Derry Sub Aqua Team, which had begun searching for the ship in 1968.


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