A nocturnal recovered from the English 17th-century frigate, H.M.S. Sapphire.
The Sapphire was a 32 gun, 5th rate frigate, in Newfoundland
to protect the English migratory fishery. The vessel was trapped in
Bay Bulls harbour by four French naval vessels led by Jacques-François de Brouillan. In
order to avoid capture, the English scuttled the vessel in 60 feet of water on
September 11, 1696. The nocturnal was excavated in 1977 by Parks Canada.
Courtesy of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Parks
Canada, Federal Archaeology. ©Her Majesty the Queen in Right of
Canada. Reproduced with the permission of the Minister of Public Works
and Government Services, Canada.