18th-century ship held saint’s relics
Posted: 29 Jun 2012 @ 03:37
THE Ashmolean Museum, in Oxford, is hosting an exhibition that
tells the story of an 18th-century merchant ship, the
Westmorland, and part of its cargo: a saint's relics,
which had been hidden on board.
The Westmorland sailed from the Italian port of Leghorn
to England, but was captured and taken to Málaga in 1779. The
cargo, which included souvenirs from travellers on the Grand Tour,
was sold to King Carlos III.
Unknown to the ship's captain, ...
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