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Shipwrecks of May 11

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Shipwrecks of May 11

One of the shipwrecks that took place on a May 11th was the Confederate ironclad Virgina, which only two months before had fought to a draw the United States ironclad Monitor in the world’s first clash between ironclads. Some of the other wrecks of this day resulted in large losses of life and even a case of cannibalism. If you are reading this in a post, go to http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-may-11/ to learn more about some of the ...

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Shipwrecks of May 10

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Shipwrecks of May 10

Today’s shipwrecks include everything from a British slave ship lost in 1806 to an American freighter that foundered in 1916 off Eagle Harbor, Michigan. The question of the day is: Did some of the finest paintings of the Old Masters go down on a Dutch yacht when it was sunk in World War II? If you are reading this in a post, go to http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-may-10/ to learn more about some of the many shipwrecks that have ...

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Shipwrecks of May 9

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Shipwrecks of May 9

Did you know that the standard barrel used on ships in the 17th through 19th centuries was called a hogshead? But what size was standard? Due to ever changing government regulations, they varied in size from 48 to 140 gallons in capacity. But, the real question for this day is: Was the Norwegian steamer Alfred Olsen carrying a secret cargo of gold or diamonds when she was torpedoed on May 9, 1941? If you are reading this ...

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Shipwrecks of May 8

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Shipwrecks of May 8

The giant steam engine of the USS Oriental lost off North Carolina on May 8, 1862 sticks well out the water so the wreck is easy to find, but many of the other ships lost on this day in history have yet to be discovered. Today’s shipwreck question is whether the SS Kanbe sunk in 1943 carried a cargo of precious metals, such as platinum, gold and silver. If you are reading this in a post, go ...

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Shipwrecks of May 7

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Shipwrecks of May 7

The RMS Lusitania with its loss of almost 1,200 lives in 1915 is undoubtedly the most famous shipwreck that took place on a May 7. But the American gold lost aboard the German steamer Schiller in 1875, in relatively shallow water, is what has many people intrigued. The low end estimate of the gold’s worth today is over $17,000,000. If you are reading this in a post, go to http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-may-7/ to learn more about some of ...

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Shipwrecks of May 5

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Shipwrecks of May 5

The ship pictured here was the clipper Hereward, sunk near Sydney Australia in 1898. The ship stayed intact for months and was almost saved, before a storm broke her up. She reminds me of a beautiful three-masted ship that I tried to save in the Savannah River. I didn’t quite save it either. But that’s a story for another day. The wrecks that I find most interesting in today’s list were the three steamers ...

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Shipwrecks of May 4

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Shipwrecks of May 4

For those who like easy to get to wrecks in relatively clear water, the wreck of the Hesper sunk in Lake Superior in 1905 might be just their thing. For me, I am more interested in the British snow Success, which was sunk in 1761 in the muddy waters of Rebellion Roads in Charleston Harbor, with a treasure said to now be worth between 25 and 50 million dollars. If you are reading this in ...

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Shipwrecks of May 2

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Shipwrecks of May 2

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 ...

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shipwrecks of May 1

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shipwrecks of May 1

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 ...

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Shipwrecks of April 26

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Shipwrecks of April 26

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 reading this in a post, go to http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-april-26/ to ...

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