The lost treasure of Tale of Three Lost Treasures.

THE TALE OF THREE LOST TREASURES
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

The tale of three lost treasures.

In 1863, the Customs House was in Port Angeles, Victor Smith, at the time, had convinced President Lincoln to move the Customs House there instead of leaving it in Townsend. Many rumors of embezzlement and fraud were all throughout the country with Smith at the center. He did however, get what he envisioned and had the Customs House in Port Angeles, actually part of the home was designed for his own personal use. Nevertheless, his dream did not last long. In December of 1863, a landslide in the Olympic Mountains made the dam burst and the water destroyed the majority of the town including sweeping the Customs House into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. At the time of the landslide, the Customs House had inside $1,500 in bank notes and numerous $20 gold coins valued at $7,500.

In January 1864, President Lincoln removed Smith from the office as a Customs Collector. Smith still had a few friends however, at the Treasury Department, which of course gave him a prestigious role as a special agent. With this role, came the transportation of large sums of money. On a return tip to San Francisco, Smith was given the responsibility of transporting a large amount of payroll funds to San Francisco. The ship left New York and headed to San Juan, along the way it wrecked on the Roncador Reef close to the Isthmus of Panama. The survivors lived off the supplies for 11 days until rescued. However, during the rescue the strongbox with the payroll funds mysteriously vanished.

After this adventure and returning home, Smith was transferred to the Brother Jonathan. He was once again entrusted with $200,000 to pay troops at Fort Vancouver, Walla Walla. The ship during heavy storms hit a rock on July 30, 1865 and began to break up. Only 19 people survived the storm and all the gold and money aboard was lost at sea. Victor Smith did not survive.


The lost treasure of Tale of Three Lost Treasures.

 The lost treasure of Tale of Three Lost Treasures.

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