Posts Tagged 'shipwrecks on this day'

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 6

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Shipwrecks of May 6

Because of the clear water and the beauty of the reef, it would be fun to find the wreck of the Sector, which was lost on Anegada Shoals on May 6, 1824. But, the question to ponder today is whether the British steamer Anadyr carried a large quantity of gold when it was lost off Brazil in 1944. I certainly believe it did. If you are reading this in a post, go to http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-may-6/ to learn ...

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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 3

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Shipwrecks of May 3

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 ...

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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 30

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Shipwrecks of April 30

I have always been fascinated by the Comet sunk in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, in 1780, as I believe she is still largely intact and could be found. There have been lots of merchant vessels and warships lost on this day including some in both World Wars. If you are reading this in a post, go to http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-april-30/ to learn more about some of the many shipwrecks that have occurred on this day over the years.

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