Decision clears way for Gold Rush-era ship recovery mission

18 Jun 2012 11:10 AM | Anonymous

Decision clears way for Gold Rush-era ship recovery mission

Published June 17, 2012

| Associated Press

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A Gold Rush-era mystery could soon be solved, with a recent federal court decision approving a Washington state man's plans to recover cargo from the sunken luxury liner SS Islander -- including any gold on board.

Theodore Jaynes and his company, Ocean Mar Inc., had been fighting since the 1990s for salvage rights to the vessel, which was carrying about 180 people from Skagway, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia, when it sank off the coast of Douglas Island in the early morning hours of Aug. 15, 1901. Forty people died, according to a court of inquiry report for the Canadian government.



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