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Shipwrecks of May 13

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Despite her name, size and power, the British warship Goliath couldn’t handle the blow she took and still went down on May 13. Lots of gold was aboard the Dutch East Indiaman Eendracht when she sank in 1622. The question for today is: How did a ship wreck in a cave and much gold was really on the bark General Grant?

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May 13

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Shipwrecks of May 12

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Shipwrecks of May 12

On May 12, 1918, the Olympic, sister ship to the ill-fated Titanic, intentionally ran down and sank a German submarine, becoming the only merchant vessel to sink a warship in World War I. The question for today is: Was the Panamanian freighter Cocle carrying tons of Russian gold when she was torpedoed on May 12, 1942?

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May 12

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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 11, 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.

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May 11

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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 sank in World War II?

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May 10

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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. 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?

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Shipwrecks of May 8

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Shipwrecks of May 8

The 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 found. Today’s shipwreck question is whether the SS Kanbe sunk in 1943 carried a cargo of precious metals, such as platinum, gold and silver.

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May 8

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Shipwrecks of May 7

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Shipwrecks of May 7

The RMS Lusitania with its loss of almost 1200 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 its worth today is around $17,500,000.

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May 7

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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 steamers sunk ...

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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 harsh, cold climes. Twelve of the crew of the SS Columbian perished from thirst, hunger and exposure before being picked up 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.

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May 2

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