Imagine if you found a Spanish galleon complete with all it's treasure? How would folks look at you when you told them about it? Know what I mean? This story from Listverse tells of just such a thing!
The Lost Ship In The Desert
If there’s any place you don’t expect to find a lost Spanish galleon, it’s probably the Colorado Desert. But in the 1870s, there were rumors galore about the lost ships. According to the Los Angeles Star, a treasure hunter finally found what he was looking for in November 1870. On December 1, a man named Charley Clusker claimed to have found an extraordinarily well-preserved Spanish galleon, but nothing was ever brought back from his expeditions into the desert. The ship was a pirate vessel and the treasure was still on board.
It might sound insanely farfetched, but there’s a small possibility that there actually was truth in the story. The Salton Sink is a massive depression created millions of years ago in the Colorado Desert, a depression that has been known to turn into a lake. Evidence of flooding includes the presence of oyster beds high in the San Felipe Mountains. It’s possible the pirate ship made its way up the Gulf of California and then ran aground. The crew would have ultimately died, leaving the galleon baking in the sun. Whether or not that’s really the case is still up for debate, but the sheer number of reports about a lost desert ship are enough to spark the imagination.
Now part of me really wants to believe that ol' Charlie found such a ship, but then the other part of me just wants some of whatever Charlie was drinking, ya know?
Today is my Baby Sis' birthday, so everyone get ready to sing "Happy Birthday!", OK?
Coffee out on the patio this morning. It's cold, but I'm tired of being inside!