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Thrilling Find! Ship wrecks in Gulf of Mexico.
07-27-2013, 03:42 PM #1
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Quote:The NOAA's Jim Delgado said the ships likely went down during the first two decades of the 1800s, which was a time of great upheaval in the Gulf region and in the New World.

"Empires were falling, Spain was losing its grip, France was selling what it has, Mexico becomes independent, Texas independent, Latin America becomes independent and the US is beginning to make a foothold in the Gulf," he said.

"So these wrecks are all tied to that, we are sure."


Ho, ho, ho and a bottle of rum?


More pics in slideshow at link below.


07-27-2013, 03:54 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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Interesting! I wrote a report on the rise and fall of the Spanish empire up till modern day in National economics class. Fascinating.

07-27-2013, 04:03 PM #3
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Yes, and I investigated a little further as to the copper sheathing on the bottom of the ship, and my guess would be that at least one ship there could be British in manufacture.

I would like to get a better look at those bottles and silverware.

Quote:Copper sheathing is the practice of protecting the under-water hull of a ship or boat from the corrosive effects of salt water through the use of copper plates affixed to the outside of the hull. It was pioneered and developed by the Royal Navy during the 18th century

07-27-2013, 04:34 PM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Here is another slide show with more artifact pictures.


What a nice tea cup find.

07-27-2013, 04:59 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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That's a lovely teacup. Amazingly well preserved.

Here's another interesting wreck right outside our coast:


Quote:After the Russification in Finland increased, the resistance activist Konni Zilliacus in 1905 organized smuggling of weapons. The reason for this action was to provide the Finnish and the Russian resistance with weapons. With Japanese financing, the S/S John Grafton was bought. In London the ship was loaded with 15,500 Swiss "Vetterli" rifles, 2.5 million bullets, 2,500 high-class English officer's revolvers and 3 tons of explosives. According to the original plan, the weapons were to be transported via the Netherlands and Copenhagen to a meeting place in the Gulf of Finland, from where the journey would continue to St Petersburg. On arrival, a part of the cargo would be offloaded and given to Russian revolutionaries.

After running into a few problems the route was changed, and the ship set course towards the Gulf of Bothnia and town of Kemi, where parts of the cargo was offloaded. The journey continued to Jakobstad, that, like Kemi, was a center for the Finnish resistance. The ship was guided into the rocky archipelago north of Jakobstad and the offloading of the weapons was conducted without any big problems. When the ship continued its journey south, she ran aground. The crew started to salvage what remained of the weapons. It quickly becomes clear that the whole cargo could not be salvaged. The captain J.W. Nylander made the decision to blow up the ship to avoid it ending up in the hands of the Russian authorities. On the afternoon of 8 September 1905 the ship was blown up with three powerful charges. The sound from the explosion was heard far way.
07-27-2013, 05:21 PM #6
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Interesting history.



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