Dutch auctioneer Dijkstra Group is hoping to sell a vessel from the Dutch East Indies for $40 million, or $30 million per tonne.
The bid, announced this week, is expected to be accepted by the Dutch authorities in the coming days.
The bid will be submitted to the Dutch government on Monday.
The vessel is the D.G.P. R.S. Rana, a 17,000-tonne (23,000 metric tonnes) schooner, said the company’s president, Dijk.
The vessel was built in 1758 and sank in 1768.
“We are expecting to accept the bid for the vessel by Monday, which will take place on Tuesday morning.
We have received the bids from various international auctions,” he told reporters.
R.S.-Rana sank on January 19, 1768 off the island of Mauritius, with the wreck found in the sand, according to the Rana’s obituary.
Dijkstra said the ship was named after a local man who had visited the islands before the shipwreck, and who sailed to Mauritius with his family in 1759.
It is also believed to be one of the only vessels in the East Indies that carried cargo.
The Rana was listed in the National Register of Antiquities in the Netherlands in 2011.
The ship was owned by Dijk and his father, who have lived on the islands for over two centuries.
It sank with the R.A.
S-Rana on board, and the wreck was found three days later in the waters off the Dutch island of St. Maarten, which is a Dutch archipelago.
“The Dijkstees have been involved in shipbuilding in the Dutch-Indian Territory for over a century,” said the president.
The R.E.V. Ranas had been registered in Mauritius in 1957, and was owned and operated by the Ranas Family, who had sailed on the Rancher Islands.
The family had been involved with the shipping industry for more than a century, according the Rannas’ obit.
The family owned several other vessels, including the B.C.S., an 18,000 tonne schooned schooners, the Bessie, and several schooning vessels, said Dijkstrom.
The company said that it was also considering buying the Dams P.
S, a schoonery.
The P. S was built by Dams Family in 1775 and sunk in 1777.
The company’s bid is not expected to match the previous record for the largest gold-filled schoon, set in 2013 by the Netherlands, which had a bid of $39.7 million for a sunken Dutch schoon from the Drapers Islands.
D.G., which is headquartered in the Hague, Netherlands, had said in a statement that the bid was “quite unusual” and that the price was not the result of a bidding war.
“There is no doubt that the bidding war is a bit of a problem for us,” said company president Dijk, who is also the chairman of the Rhaeses D.B.O.D., the Netherlands’ national auction authority.
“I think it is very unusual, but it is also a very sensible decision,” he said.
Dams P., the Dessie and other vessels have been in service since the 1860s.
The auction of the Dannes Schooner has been held in Mauritias history since its completion in the early 1900s.
In recent years, D.D.-based auctioneers have won bids on a number of the smaller schoones and other smaller vessels that have been sold there.
In 2015, Dessies P. sank in the Risina Strait off the coast of Mauritian island of Reunion.