Apr 24 2014, 6:50am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Way back in 1888 the 202-foot long SS Chester sank beneath the San Francisco Bay area and it has been there ever since. But the latest research efforts of an organization known for exploration and probing, has found the shipwreck beneath the waves.
According to MercuryNews , "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Wednesday that it found the ship by accident last year in 216 feet of water about a quarter of a mile east of the Golden Gate Bridge."
And from the examination and perusal of the 1888 shipwreck, a totally different tale has emerged of how the crash and sinking of the ship occurred. The original account was racist to the core.
According to it, the Chinese immigrants on the opposing vessel had remained unsympathetic to the cries for help of the white men and women on board the SS Chester.
But in fact this is not how things actually transpired way back then. In reality the Chinese had tried to rescue the whites on board the SS Chester.
"While this is not a Titanic, we shouldn't focus our shipwreck history on only the big names," James Delgado, NOAA's maritime heritage director for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, said. "Every wreck, like every person, has a story, and this is something that we've forgotten about -- the stories of the people on the ship."
The event that happened on August 22, 1888 still lies wrapped up in mystery. It was a foggy morning and the SS Chester hit the Oceanic. The latter tore through its structure and many passengers were forced to jump into the water.
The Chinese immigrants tried their best to lend succor to the flailing people by trying to pull them on board. But it was all to no avail. The SS Chester sank and 16 people drowned in the tragedy.
Although it didn’t in any way match the proverbial Titanic in the level of damage incurred, it was still a cause for sadness. The finding of this historically sunk ship is somewhat of a relief.
It had not been detected beneath the Golden Gate area for so long. The spot where the ship was present underwater was located and thus a large part of the effort that had been going on for so long is over.
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