THE LOST TREASURE OF
THE MARY CELESTE
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Where is the lost treasure of the Mary Celeste?
In November 1816, off the coast of Long Island near
Shinnecock, a ship by the name of Mary Celeste came aground during a heavy
storm. At the time, no one knew the name of the ship or where it came from. The
ship looked like no other ship anyone had seen except for one old Hampton seaman
that described the ship as one he had seen earlier, which was a ship that
carried East African slaves.
The ship bit a sandbar just 10 miles west on a bar
that was opposite Shinnecock Bay. The locals waited for the storm to end and
then rowed out to the ship to see if they could help anyone onboard. To there
amazement, the crew was gone! Some lifeboats were missing and the wheel was
lashed down. The log was checked and there was still no mention of the crew or
what may have occurred on the ship. It was believed that since some of the
lifeboats were missing, that the crew had decided to abandon the ship during the
storm. However, after searching along the shoreline, no boats or people were
Three days later, the people in Shinnecock hear of
a ship similar to the description of their ship had anchored off the Easthampton
bar. A few members of the crew rowed ashore on lifeboats carrying with them
several bags of silver coins, which they proceeded to bury. However, a group of
wreckers were lying in wait and killed the ones that came ashore and stole the
silver. They then went out to the anchored ship, lashed the wheel and sent it
off along the shore.
A short time after the ship went aground silver
dollars began to appear on beaches along the Long Island shoreline. Henry Green
and Franklin Jagger decided to search the ship again since these silver dollars
were appearing along the beaches. Once aboard, they found a false ceiling in one
cabin where silver dollars began to rain down upon them.
As time passed, storms and the tide began to break
the hull and once again, many silver dollars were washed to shore.
No one knows for sure how many silver coins were
hidden all over the ship in secret areas, but we do know that as late as 1959
Spanish silver dollars were found on beaches from Shinnecock to Easthampton. The
truth is no one has searched for the silver coins that could be found where the
ship went aground and throughout the coral reefs and the bottom of the Bay.
Today, if you visit the area you are sure to hear the tales of the Money Ship
and if you dare, get your scuba gear and search for the treasure that Shinnecock
Bay is hiding.
The Mary Celeste
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