The wreck of the SS Pacific, which sank 147 years ago, has been found

The wreck of the SS Pacific, which sank 147 years ago, has been found

Robert Alexander / Getty Images Illustrative image. The SS Pacific was found with nearly $10 million in gold on board.

Robert Alexander / Getty Images

Illustrative image. The SS Pacific was found with nearly $10 million in gold on board.

Unusual – The ship’s treasures can be claimed. The SS PacificAnd the Missing ship In 1875 in the Pacific Ocean, on the current western border of Canada and the United States, he was finally found Canada Radio on the 12th of December.

After crashing into another boat, it was Pacific It sank with 270 passengers on board, and a cargo of gold representing 100,000 dollars at the time, which is equivalent to 10 million dollars today.

It was the avid American, Jeff Hamill, who found the ship after searching for it since 1993. The latter even went so far as to found a company that specialized in searching fordebriswhose only goal was to find SS Pacific. And after consulting several archives or even calculating the boat’s route, his work ended up paying off.

Passengers’ descendants can claim their dues

It was a piece of coal that ended up caught in a fishing net that led Jeff Hamill to the lost ship. Then analyzes in a laboratory in Canada led to the conclusion that the find came directly from a coal mine belonging to the shipowner. 12 Underwater Expedition Later, It’s the Dedication.

Thus, the US Federal Court authorized Jeff Hamill to get the ship out of the water, but the latter was not going to make a fortune. According to US law, the passengers’ descendants can claim their dues, only if they can prove it. Four people have already applied.

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For his part, Jeff Hamill would like to restore SS Pacific To display it in a museum he wants to open in Seattle.

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