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The Sinking of the S.S. Golden Gate

by Andrew Czernek, aczernekATcomcast.net

A 1903 article in Popular Mechanics magazine on a salvage effort by C.W. Johnson, of Boston, MA, in Manzanillo.





Johnson would claim that $1 million in gold was recovered from the purser's safe room mid-ships. The Popular Mechanics cover from May, 1903 shows a pier built to enable dredging in the turbulent waters.





Joe Kelly Hughes, a diver involved in later salvage attempts, notes that, "shortly after the picture was taken, a hurricane knocked it down and all was lost;  we actually recovered many of the pumps and other equipment that had been mounted on the pier."



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