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#1 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 December 2022 - 09:31 AM

Anyone with a family connection to gold on board the SS Pacific — a paddlewheeler that sank off the B.C. coast with the loss of at least 275 lives in 1875 — has a chance to stake their claim.

 

Last month, a U.S. company lodged papers in the United States District Court in Seattle stating it had located what it believes is the wreck of the Pacific at around 1,500 feet deep on the western edge of the Juan de Fuca Strait. By comparison, the Titanic sits at around 12,500 feet in the Atlantic Ocean.

 

 

https://www.timescol...ish-sea-6217946

 

 

 

Under maritime law, Rockfish has won court approval to salvage what it can from the wreckage, claiming it will be used to create a maritime museum in co-operation with the Northwest Shipwreck Alliance.

 

However, this was granted on the condition that the company acknowledge the law of finds, that entitles descendants of a person who carried gold on the ship to claim that gold.

 

The time a person has to make a claim is limited, and if the claim is granted by the court the claimant would have to pay Rockfish for recovering the gold.

An article in The Daily Mail states that anything recovered from the ship will have to be presented through the court system so that people can come forward and make their claim with proof.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 08 December 2022 - 09:33 AM.


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Posted 09 December 2022 - 12:18 AM

Grounded barge towed to Ogden Point

 

The empty Lafarge cement barge is expected to stay at Ogden Point for about three weeks while the company does repairs
 

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Posted 11 December 2022 - 03:18 AM

Company to attempt salvaging sunken ship with estimated $10 million in gold on board

https://www.cheknews...-board-1120946/

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Posted 12 December 2022 - 12:31 AM

A ship laden with precious cargo that went down nearly 150 years ago off the coast of Washington state is one step closer to being lifted from the depths of the Pacific.

The S.S. Pacific, a steamship that set out for San Francisco from Esquimalt, B.C. — part of Greater Victoria — sank off Washington's Cape Flattery in 1875, becoming one of the worst maritime disasters ever recorded in the Pacific Northwest.

https://www.cbc.ca/n...vaged-1.6681923

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#5 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 02 January 2023 - 11:02 AM

https://www.cheknews...tofino-1129223/

Freighter rerouted, docked in Victoria after mechanical issues near Tofino






That’s a big ship!

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#6 Matt R.

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Posted 02 January 2023 - 11:53 AM

Vancouver -> Tofino -> North Carolina -> Asia ?? That’s a weird route.

#7 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 02 January 2023 - 11:56 AM

This shipping company has no hubs. Like Southwest.
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Posted 02 January 2023 - 07:41 PM

Yea but why was the ship up in Tofino, unless it was going to Asia first you would have thought he would be headed south to the Panama Canal?

 

Oh wait, is the northwest passage open now?


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Posted 18 January 2023 - 06:54 AM

On a cold night in November 1875, Sewell Moody stood onboard the doomed sidewheeler Pacific, realizing that a glancing collision with a sailing vessel an hour earlier, on the western edge of the Juan de Fuca Strait, had been fatal.

 

The 41-year-old businessman had established the first sawmill on the north shore of Burrard Inlet on Tsleil-Waututh lands and had made a lot of money since arriving in New Westminster in 1861 from the U.S.

 

 

https://www.timescol...-museum-6382141

 

 

 

At some point, before the ship broke up and its lifeboats were rendered useless, Moody had the wherewithal to take a piece of white-painted board from a stateroom stanchion or support frame and write upon it in lead pencil his signature and the message “All Lost.”

 

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“In addition, the Pacific’s hold was laden with 2,000 sacks of oats, 300 bales of hops, 261 animal hides, 11 casks of furs, 31 barrels of cranberries, 10 cords of wood bolts, 280 tons of coal, 18 tons of general merchandise, 10 tons of sundries, six horses, two buggies, two cases of opium, and a strongbox containing $79,200 in cash. The gold in private hands was estimated to be at least $100,000.”

 

Hummel said the vessel was also carrying all of the photographic plates from survey work done by Canadian Pacific Railway before building its cross-Canada rail line.

“We will find those plates,” he said. “As well as clothing and leather. We expect to find wine with the corks still in them.”

 

Hummel is working on the project with the Northwest Shipwreck Alliance, which plans to start recovering artifacts in the fall of 2023 and the summers of 2024 and 2025.


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Posted 19 June 2023 - 08:11 AM

Maybe it hit an iceberg?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A search and rescue mission was underway Monday morning for a submarine that went missing in the North Atlantic on an expedition to explore the wreckage of the Titanic.  Lt. Jordan Hart of the U.S. Coast Guard in Boston told CBS News that personnel were "currently undergoing a search and rescue operation" when asked about the rescue efforts off the coast of Newfoundland. 

 

OceanGate Expeditions, a company that deploys manned submersibles for deep sea expeditions, confirmed in a statement that its sub was the subject of the rescue operation, adding that it was "exploring and mobilizing all options to bring the crew back safely."

 

The company did not say how many people were on board the missing vessel or whether any of them were paying tourists, whom it does take as passengers on its expeditions.

 

"Our entire focus is on the crewmembers in the submersible and their families," said OceanGate, adding that it was "deeply thankful for the extensive assistance we have received from several government agencies and deep sea companies in our efforts to reestablish contact with the submersible." 

 

https://www.cbsnews....undland-canada/


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Posted 19 June 2023 - 11:33 AM

The submersible was reported missing after it was overdue by a couple of hours on Sunday evening, according to Chief Mi'sel Joe, head of the Mi'kmaq band that owns the Polar Prince, the ship that launched it

Another submersible is being flown in from the United States to join the search, said Joe.

"Your mind wanders to what could have happened, but we just don't know," Joe said. "We just pray that everyone is OK."


https://www.cbc.ca/n...earch-1.6881095

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 19 June 2023 - 11:34 AM.


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Posted 19 June 2023 - 11:45 AM

It has been used on several expeditions, carrying five crew members to the wreck of the Titanic at 3,800 metres, according to the company.

Its dimensions are 6.7 metres long by 2.8 metres wide by 2.5 metres high. It weighs about 10.4 kilograms and can carry a payload of 685 kilograms.

https://www.cbc.ca/n...ngate-1.6881448



^ anybody proofread that?

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Posted 19 June 2023 - 11:47 AM

According to that CBC article the vessel weighs less than 23 pounds and can submerge to 4000 metres with at least 5 people onboard. That’s quite something.


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Posted 19 June 2023 - 11:52 AM

Even if I made that out of tissue paper I’m not sure I could bring that in under 23 pounds.

Science, I guess.
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Posted 19 June 2023 - 12:53 PM

The linked article says "It weighs about 10,000 kilograms and can carry a payload of 685 kilograms."

#16 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 June 2023 - 01:46 PM

Indeed it does say that now:


Its dimensions are 6.7 metres long by 2.8 metres wide by 2.5 metres high. It weighs about 10,000 kilograms and can carry a payload of 685 kilograms.


But for many (at least 5) hours it said 10.4 kg. How could CBC staff be so inept?

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Posted 19 June 2023 - 02:07 PM

One can only wish this was the worst of the CBC's transgressions.
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#18 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 June 2023 - 02:17 PM

So the original author and the editor were only off by literally 1,000x. And they left comments closed so nobody could point out issues.

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Posted 19 June 2023 - 07:26 PM

And those people paid $250k to take the trip. 


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Posted 19 June 2023 - 07:30 PM

Titanic OceanGate submarine missing with five onboard only has 96 hours of air left - live updates

 

https://www.independ...s-b2360261.html

 

 

 

A British billionaire explorer and a renowned French diver are feared to be on board the missing Titanic tourist submarine somewhere in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Hamish Harding, who has previously travelled on the Challenger Deep to the bottom of the ocean and on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin into space, took to Facebook on Saturday to announce that he was joining OceanGate Expeditions for its Titanic mission this week.

 

On the submarine is reportedly French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, CBC News was told by Titanic expert Larry Daley. Mr Nargolet spent 25 years in the French navy and worked with Mr Daley, who is a St John’s-based diver, on his first Titanic dive 20 years ago.

 

The crew lost communication with the submersible’s mothership MV Polar Prince an hour and 45 minutes into the two-hour descent, the Daily Mail reported.

The sub has enough oxygen to last underwater until 12pm local time on Thursday.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 19 June 2023 - 07:31 PM.


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