Editor says, what if Merchant Royal had put in for repairs rather than sank? muses Jeff Provine on This Day in Alternate History Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality the Merchant Royal sank off the coast of Land's End after its pumps broke under the strain of stormy seas. Eighteen men were lost, but Captain Limbrey and forty of his crew survived. Some believe that the ship was purposefully sunk with the gold safely transported to the Dover Merchant and made to be presumed lost. Whatever the fate of the treasure, the soldiers and merchants in Flanders went without their pay for a while longer, keeping the Spanish Netherlands low key in the coming decades. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.