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  1. #1
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    May 2008
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    California Unfound Shipwrecks - Know of any?

    I keep trying to find information about lost shipwrecks off the coast of California but there isn't too much information out there. Anybody know of any stories of unfound shipwrecks off California? Thanks

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    Apr 2012
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    Pretty easy go of it until ships try to cross the bar of the Columbia River, the graveyard of the Pacific! It still sinks them today up here in Washington.
    It's no wonder truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. Mark Twain

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    So my difficulty is mainly because there aren't too many records of shipwrecks out here? If so, that's a bummer.

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    Apr 2012
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    Most wrecks would be in and around harbors and Could be marked as hazard to navigation on maps. My garmin program lists the wrecks in puget sound and the Columbia river but I did not pay for California maps.
    It's no wonder truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. Mark Twain

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    If I recall this was mentioned on another thread, there are a few Spanish wrecks. There are two inland as well. One around the Salton Sea and the other was up on Lake Owens. The lake Ownes wreck is questionable, but interesting. There was a ship that would haul the silver ore from Cerro Gordo across the lake to shorten the trip. The story goes that the ship caught fire and sank. Could there be bars of silver somewhere in the lake?

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    I've heard of the ship around Salton Sea. That legend is pretty well-known and I actually suspect that there may be some truth to it. Can you link me to the other thread so I can read up on the Spanish ships that were lost?

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    Here is one for you. In 1913, a steamer named the "H. J. Corcoran" capsized off of Meiggs Wharf in San Francisco. While the vessel itself was salvaged, a safe containing $30,000 in gold bullion was lost in the harbor mud. I can find no record of it ever being found.

 

 

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