It’s not everyday you get to see the shipwreck treasure of the SS Central America, let alone get to hold it. I had to try and take my assayers cut while I had the chance. Big thanks to Karl Newman from Monaco Rare Coins for letting me hold these today. They will be put on display for the public this weekend at Long Beach Coin Expo. See you there!
Great find. One of the early printings of Skeleton Coast by John H. Marsh. Marsh originated the term "Skeleton Coast" in his book, an account of a shipwreck along the Namibian coastline, and maps of the region have adopted his term. It chronicles the rescue of the marooned crew of a vessel in one of the harshest regions of our planet in the early 1940s. I had a difficult time locating a decent copy of this since it's out of print. Now, not only do I finally get to read this beast, I get to hold a piece of history in my hand while I do it. #skeletoncoast#johnhmarsh#shipwreck#rescueoperation#history
Diver exploring McAllister's Ghost. The Wreck of the McAllister is one of two harbor tug boats sunk in 70' of water for the Broward Artificial Reef Program. It is easily accessible to recreational divers with the structure starting at 50'.
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it was so nice out today but I was very unprepared
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I loved #history as a child and as I travel I experience different places and I learn more about the history that once was in hopes to learn more about the future. They say history repeats itself and I not only believe it the more I travel but you can start to see history repeating itself.
Prior to permanent settlement in 1840, Bimini had been the haunt of pirates in the 1600 and 1700s. Its location on the edge of the Gulf Stream made it a perfect place to engage Spanish galleons laden with treasure on their return route to Spain. Sir Francis Drake, Sir Henry Morgan and Blackbeard all knew of Bimini. Also, the fresh water pools on South Bimini were useful to the pirates and privateers.
By 1919 Bimini, with its 600 persons, was an island struggling with poverty. The population, both black and white, was locked in an economic depression. However, in 1919 the United States enacted the Volstead Act and the era of prohibition dawned. Now that liquor was illegal in the United States many Americans still wanted to drink. Consequently, alcohol was smuggled into the USA through Canada and The Bahamas.
The British administered Bahama Islands enjoyed the era of US prohibition as it added a great deal of money to the colony's revenues. #Rum runners flooded Bimini with cases and barrels of liquor to be smuggled to the United States. The #island 600 people were now joined by hundreds of rum runners and liquor agents who were making scores of dollars by smuggling booze into America. Bimini was awash with not only booze but also money. The liquor came from Cuba, the Caribbean and especially from Europe. Each bottle imported into the colony was taxed - thus the colony's government made excellent revenue. In Bimini, the locals were engaged in the rum-running trade in every which way. But, the poverty of the past was easily forgotten, as money was plentiful.