Operation Egypt: The Lost Sarcophagus

In 1837 the beautiful sarcophagus of the fourth dynasty Pharaoh Menkaure was discovered by British explorer, Colonel Richard William Howard Vyse. In 1838 the priceless sarcophagus was in route to the British Museum along with other Egyptian treasures when they mysteriously disappeared.


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The Lost Sarcophagus of Fourth Dynasty Pharaoh Menkaure

This is a current and ongoing expedition

The year is 1838 and the English merchant vessel, Beatrice, set sail from the port Malta in Autumn headed to the port of Liverpool. This vessel was carrying a cargo of valuable treasures and artifacts to

Bradley Williamson in Egypt at Pyramids
Captain Bradley Williamson at Giza plateau in Egypt with Pyramids in distant background
 the British Museum including the Sarcophagus of the Fourth Dynasty Pharaoh Menkaure. While in route to the British Museum the vessel vanished and with it disappeared the valuable treasures and artifacts.

The news of the loss of the ship was reported in Lloyd's "Loss and Casualty Book". The entry for Thursday, 31st January 1839 reads: “Beatrice, Wichelo, [the skipper of the vessel], sailed from Alexandria 20th Sept. & from Malta, 13th October for Liverpool, & has not since been heard of”.

The Pharaoh Menkaure was the sixth ruler of the fourth dynasty. He created the third largest pyramid on the Giza Plato. His sarcophagus was elaborately decorated and created out of polished blue basalt. It lay hidden in the pyramid till 1837 when British explorer Colonel Richard William Howard Vyse discovered the Sarcophagus.

Bradley Williamson at Edfu Temple, Egypt
Bradley "Brad" Williamson at Edfu Temple, Egypt
In order to protect the rare, valuable and elaborately decorated  sarcophagus the Colonel decided to send it and other valuable artifacts to the British Museum in order to safeguard them. Unfortunately while in route to the British Museum the sarcophagus and the other treasures were lost at sea.

This is a very ambitious project. Brad travelled to Egypt gathering information and following up on rumors. His travels took him throughout Egypt, from the Pyramids in Giza to the Temple at Karnack and from Edfu to the Valley of the Kings, etc.

The next phase in this ambitious project is recovering the sarcophagus and the other valuable treasures from the ocean floor. This is a long running expedition and is still underway and ongoing.

If you would like more information on this expedition or would like to participate, email: Brad@BradleyWilliamson.com





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