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    Most Valuable shipwreck Not found?

    Of all the shipwrecks that have been found, what are some of the famous ones that have yet to be found? Any of the treasure ships of note that they have no clue what happend to them at all and no idea, where they are?

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    Re: Most Valuable shipwreck Not found?

    There aren't that many famous wrecks that haven't been found aside from maybe the "Asiatic Prince" which vanished in the Pacific in 1928 with $260,000 in Gold. But there are hundreds of not-so-famous wrecks out there that would definately be worth the salvage.


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    Re: Most Valuable shipwreck Not found?

    Quote Originally Posted by allen_idaho
    There aren't that many famous wrecks that haven't been found aside from maybe the "Asiatic Prince" which vanished in the Pacific in 1928 with $260,000 in Gold. But there are hundreds of not-so-famous wrecks out there that would definately be worth the salvage.
    Huh? Are you serious? There's lots of famous wrecks that have not be found to date. Maybe none in Idaho, but plenty worldwide. One of the first that comes to mind is the Portuguese ship, Flor do Mar. There's lots of others. Just do an internet search on that my friend.
    TW

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    Re: Most Valuable shipwreck Not found?

    Read "Galleons and Sunken Treasure" by Claudio Bonifacio. Read "Historic Shipwrecks of the Dominican Republic and Haiti" by Lubos Kordac. Between them you will find at least a hundred. "Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia" by bronzecannons is packed full of listings too. There's wrecks all over the place that could make your day.

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    Sir Robert Marx has written about unfound sunken fortunes for decades. Along with his many magazine articles you might be interested in:

    The World's Richest Wrecks: A Wreck Diver's Guide to Gold and Silver Treasures of the Seas, Robert F. Marx & Jennifer Marx (2009).

    Personally, I'd like to see a good author update Potter's classic "Homewrecker," including all the finds since that classic came out many years ago.

    Good luck to all,

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    Re: Most Valuable shipwreck Not found?

    I'm sorry I don't know much about spanish galleons. Didn't think they'd be considered famous aside from the Atocha. When I hear the term "famous wreck", I usually think of ships like the Titanic, the Egypt, the Luisitania, the Lutine, the Islander, etc. etc. etc.

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    Re: Most Valuable shipwreck Not found?

    There's nothing to keep the name of a sunken vessel alive than a tale of treasure that went down with the ship.

    I don't think many people today would know the names of the Brother Jonathan, Rio de Janeiro, or Yankee Blade if treasure myths didn't surround those hulks.

    On the other hand, tragedies such as the Edmund Fitzgerald (lost with a valuable cargo, of course, but hardly a "treasure") remain in the public interest.

    Good luck to all,

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    Re: Most Valuable shipwreck Not found?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mitchell_78613
    Of all the shipwrecks that have been found, what are some of the famous ones that have yet to be found? Any of the treasure ships of note that they have no clue what happend to them at all and no idea, where they are?
    There are many rich shipwrecks to be found. Shortly after they are found when the recovery of high value items becomes public knowledge they will become famous.
    The UN published a figure that there are an estimated 3 million shipwrecks. Seems like we have plenty left to look for.
    "All the stories are true,some of them just haven't happened yet."

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    Re: Most Valuable shipwreck Not found?

    I believe the San Jose may have been the richest wreck so far not found. Said to have foundered somewhere between Cuba and South America: a little territory to cover there, and some fairly deep as well.

    Glad to hear someone else has even heard of Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". Great song by a great composer IMHO.

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    Re: Most Valuable shipwreck Not found?

    Apparently we can take the SS Gairsoppa off the list.

    The British cargo ship, torpedoed by a German U-boat in February 1941, has been found almost 3 miles down on the bottom of the North Atlantic - about 300 miles off the coast of Ireland.

    Good luck to all,

    ~The Old Bookaroo
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    Re: Most Valuable shipwreck Not found?

    "San Jose"-------Bobadilla 1502-------1605 Luis de Cordova-------1659 Santiago and many, many more
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    Re: Most Valuable shipwreck Not found?

    "San Jose'" I'd say. And there are still some of the Manila Galleons out there under the Pacific.

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    Re: Most Valuable shipwreck Not found?

    The 'San Andres' is another 'outward bound' Manila Galleon that was lost in the Philippines with over 2,200 crates of Chinese Porcelain, Gold Jewelry, Silver coins, etc.
    TW

 

 

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