Today’s question is: Which Allied destroyer went to the bottom with a fortune in gold in May or June of 1940? That gold would be worth over $83,000,000 today! Shipwrecks take place all over the world, some of today’s wrecks were in the warm waters of the Caribbean, but others were in harsher climes. Twelve of the crew of the SS Columbian perished from thirst, hunger and exposure before being picked up in the north ...DIVE IN > > > Share
Today’s shipwrecks include a Canadian steamer that sank in World War One with religious articles, but whether they were the bones of saints, vestments, or church treasures in gold or silver is not known. The same ship likely carried shipments of gold and silver bullion. The wreck of the HMS Edinburgh, which was sunk in 1942 and was largely salvaged over 35 years ago, still has five large gold bars on her worth a total of almost ...DIVE IN > > > Share
The ten carronades (cannons), which were thrown overboard from HMS Sylph when she ran aground in shallow water off South Carolina during the War of 1812 would make a nice find and be a great addition to a museum. Of course, an even better find would be the tons gold and silver believed to have been carried on a couple of ships that sank on another May 1st during World War II. If you are reading this ...DIVE IN > > > Share
April 29 was the day of New Zealand’s greatest maritime loss. On the same day, but many years before her, HMS London was burned by her own crew on the coast of West Africa. The Swedish steamer Nanking, bound from India to England, was torpedoed on that day in WWII. She had made a stop at Cape Town raising questions as to why. Did she pick up a cargo of gold bullion or even ...DIVE IN > > > Share
Did a safe with gold go down on the Mississippi River steamer Sultana? Probably, but unfortunately we may never know. She is barely a footnote in American history, but we do know that her destruction cost more lives than the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The mighty Mississippi later changed its path and there is evidence that the wreck is now buried under a farmer’s soybean field, two miles from the river’s present course. If you are ...DIVE IN > > > Share
Today’s Shipwrecks™ list includes a Spanish frigate that had carried a shipment of silver coins; an English warship who’s guns were salvaged; a U.S. steamer that had been captured, used and scuttled by the Confederates; and a Japanese transport that went down with 2,669 people. The important question for this day is “did a ton of gold go down with the SS Colin?” If you are seeing this in a post, other than on Shipwrecks.com, read more about ...DIVE IN > > > Share
Have you ever heard of lead silver bullion? It is sometimes called base bullion and is one step in the refining process of first concentrating then removing silver that has been mined with lead. The percentage of silver in base bullion can be as low as 1 or 2 percent but can be well over 50%. Thirteen thousand bars of it went down in the SS Ballarat in 1917. If you are seeing this in a post, other than on ...DIVE IN > > > Share
Among the numerous vessels lost on April 23 were brigs, ships and barks. They were French, Norwegian, British, American, Australian, German, and Russian. One, yet to be discovered, German submarine, carried a cargo of gold bars. If you are seeing this in a post, other than on Shipwrecks.com, read more about these wrecks and other ships lost on an April 23 at http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-april-23/.
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There have been thousands of ships lost on a February 26, but one of the shipwrecks that stands out was that of the HMS Birkenhead, which set the example of “Women & Children First,” and was rumored to have carried three tons of gold coins. If you are reading this in a post, go to http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-february-26/ to learn more about this shipwreck.
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