Ghost Ship Salvaged From The Vicinity Of Golden Gate Bridge

Posted: Sep 18 2014, 5:48am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 18 2014, 7:06am CDT, in News | Other Stuff

 
Ghost Ship salvaged from the vicinity of Golden Gate Bridge
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There have been many ghost ships salvaged from the vicinity of Golden Gate Bridge.

Go a little towards the western regions of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and you will discover that many ghost ships have been unearthed from the depths.

Over 300 sunken ships are said to be lying at the bottom of the murky waters of this time pool. However, the strange thing is that only a limited number of these strange phenomena have been sighted.

The majority remain buried somewhere beneath the ocean floor. Many marine experts and scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have begun a search for these forgotten hulks which lie unknown in the subterranean dark waters.

It’s been nearly a week since a renewed venture started out and the results are in. Four broken-down ghost ships have been sighted and documented. One of these is the 1910 SS Selja while another one is the 1863 clipper titled Noonday. The remaining two have not been tagged yet.

One of the directors of the project has said that the region was a very chaotic port for the passageway of ships from all over the country as well as abroad.

"We're looking at an area that was a funnel to the busiest and most important American port on the Pacific Coast," said James Delgado, director of Maritime Heritage for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

All the way from the early 16th century to the present day and age, these ships and their inhabitants faced all sorts of situations, good and bad, and sailed the high seas.

The most recent example would be a Puerto Rican tanker that sank after bursting apart from a huge conflagration nearly 30 years ago. Among the specialized instruments and equipment used to detect these ghost ships may be included sonar and remote controlled vehicles.

Delgado told Live Science that "the team used a remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, to assess eight spots that had intriguing sonar signals. Four of of those sites turned out to have shipwrecks."

The SS Selja for example hit a steamer named Beaver and sank beneath the surface way back in 1910. There was extensive litigation which took place over the causes of the accident.

"On Nov. 22, 1910, the 380-foot-long (116 meters) vessel sank after it collided with a steamer named Beaver off Point Reyes, California. The Master of Selja, Olaf Lie, tried suing the Beaver and its owners for the loss of the ship, but the maritime court ruled against Lie, claiming he had been going too fast in a thick fog and was responsible," according to NOAA.

The carrier remains hidden today due to the vast quantities of mud that have gotten deposited on its outer features. The project is an exciting one since it is a matter of sheer luck what novel ghost ships may turn up at any corner of the ocean floor beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

You can also get details about the Ghost Ship wrecks found till now by visiting NOAA's online inventory of underwater footage, sonar images, historic photographs and documents related to the wrecks.

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