Shipwreck With Gold Found Off South Carolina Coast

Posted: Jun 6 2013, 10:32am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 6 2013, 10:37am CDT , in Misc


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Shipwreck with Gold Found off South Carolina Coast

The wreckage of a ship that carried smuggled goods along with gold was found off the coast of South Carolina. Identified as the SS Ozama, reports of wreckage from the ship including some treasure were confirmed by Dr E. Lee Spence, a trendsetting archaeologist.

The intact remains of a ship that is two centuries old were discovered right off the coast of South Carolina by a treasure finder named E. Spence. Among the spoils that the ship was laden with were many guns and lots of dollars. There were even traces of that king of precious metals, gold on board the sailing vessel that lay buried beneath the sea. The discovery took pace near Cape Romain when Dr E. Lee Spence chanced upon the valuable find beneath 40 feet of water. The master natural historian and archive analyst spoke of how him and his team had examined each and every aspect of the ship including: its measurements; the sort of engine it had; its manufacturing materials and its provenance.

According to NBC News, Spence has previously had many an act of serendipity come true. He is responsible for unearthing a Civil War submarine along with a ship, the SS Georgiana. He said that the SS Ozama was in relatively good condition. Weighing over a thousand tons, the ship was built in Scotland in the year 1881. It was employed in the construction of the Panama Canal.

However, it sank in the Bahamas and was salvaged and renamed the Ozama. The new port of call for the ship was the Caribbean Islands especially Haiti. Its variegated history included such events as insurrections and uprisings as well as firearms and cash smuggling. When it finally went down for the last time it was carrying goods for the soldiers of the Haitian president Hippolyte who was facing a revolt. The records show that it carried more stuff originally than was discovered today in the 21st century lending credence to piracy and pilferage.

Spence meanwhile is the excusive owner of this national historical treasure. He is hoping for new and shiny gold among the items yet to be salvaged from the paraphernalia on board the SS Ozama. Before any spadework gets into action, the team led by Dr. Spence will make judgments about the structural wholeness of the ship. Then they will take all the necessary precautions regarding exploration of the vessel. Finally they will begin the digging which will be extensive before the ship releases all its inner contents.

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