Tin Salvage, Straits of Taiwan, 1985 ( a deepsea yarn...)

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I thought you might like that! I have penned several others and will post them if folks would like to read them. One of my favourites is "Up to my !@#$ in Chicken Guts!" A fowl tale, to be sure!
I can't stop once I start reading. I can go all weekend. Just have to stop to eat and sleep! I don't want to, but you can't neglect your body right!
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Those Honey-Do Lists can end up wiping your memory clean. One never finishes because new ones are always being added.

If you've penned a few of these already you are about half finished on book #1. Bump Aqua Man, We've got DeepSeaDan! :cool:
Aqua Dan! Lol!
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Not sure of the value back in that time, but I do recall the salvage master stating Malaysian tin ore was very pure & highly sought after. There was other cargo aboard the wreck, including large bundles of rubber mats. I never saw one up close because the fishing junk crews would haul them out of the water as fast as they'd pop to the surface! There has been several amazing salvage operations in that area of the world, where a lot of beautiful Ming porcelain and other treasures have been recovered. The main player was ( and perhaps still is ) 'Mike Hatcher' ( the guys I spoke of on my job had worked for Hatcher on the previous year's expedition ). I know he has had several running battles with some of the local governments in the area and has spent a lot of time in court. I believe one of his first big salvage ventures netted over 30 million dollars. It's interesting reading should you google his name.
 

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The Javanese are making good money faking that Ming China and selling it to tourists that don't know any better. I expect that haul provided them with an almost endless catalog of authentic designs to fake.

About tin; there was a salvor lurking near shore off Cahoon Hollow in Wellfleet this Spring using his mailboxes to scour the bottom around the area where an early 20th century freighter supposedly went down with a cargo of tin ingots.
Cahoon Hollow is about a mile north of the Marconi site where Clifford found the Whydah galley.

Today I read about a galleon that the British sunk off the coast of Columbia in 1706 which has an estimated 20 billion dollar cargo of gold and emeralds. o_O
There's a short film of the wreck here:
 

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DeepSeaDan: Since an early age I have fantasized about finding Spanish gold laden wrecks, I have never been brave enough to explore the deep, I can only experience the excitement through the eyes of others such as yourself. I too, would love to purchase an autographed book. What a life you have led!
 

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DeepSeaDan: Since an early age I have fantasized about finding Spanish gold laden wrecks, I have never been brave enough to explore the deep, I can only experience the excitement through the eyes of others such as yourself. I too, would love to purchase an autographed book. What a life you have led!
Hey Wallaman! Listen, you too can dive! It's really very safe as long as you follow the simple rules that will keep you safe. Mel Fisher's family continues the hunt for Atocha treasure in the waters beyond Key West. I believe they still offer the interested scuba certified diver the opportunity to spend a week on one of their salvage vessels, joining in the hunt for Spanish treasure. That experience just might scratch that itch you've had for so long! When I graduated commercial dive school in 1980 ( conducted at Jensen Beach, Fla. ), a rep. from Fisher's org. called up to the school, looking for divers to assist in the hunt. I came so close to signing on, but I was broke & needed to get out into the offshore oilfields to make some real money. To this day, I wish I had taken them up on the offer; in 1985, they found a huge amount of the Atocha's treasure, and I might have been part of that! Ah well, we make our choices and move on. Life is certainly a ride not to be missed!
 

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Hey Wallaman! Listen, you too can dive! It's really very safe as long as you follow the simple rules that will keep you safe. Mel Fisher's family continues the hunt for Atocha treasure in the waters beyond Key West. I believe they still offer the interested scuba certified diver the opportunity to spend a week on one of their salvage vessels, joining in the hunt for Spanish treasure. That experience just might scratch that itch you've had for so long! When I graduated commercial dive school in 1980 ( conducted at Jensen Beach, Fla. ), a rep. from Fisher's org. called up to the school, looking for divers to assist in the hunt. I came so close to signing on, but I was broke & needed to get out into the offshore oilfields to make some real money. To this day, I wish I had taken them up on the offer; in 1985, they found a huge amount of the Atocha's treasure, and I might have been part of that! Ah well, we make our choices and move on. Life is certainly a ride not to be missed!
 

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DeepSeaDan: Regretfully my time for those adventures have expired. I can only experience that excitement through stories that people, such as yourself pass on. I am 85 years old with disabling CMT. (Charcot Marie Tooth) It is an inherited peripheral neuropathy with no cure. I also have COPD. Emphysema in my left lung and other lung problems from years of working at tearing out railroad tracks and breathing coal and creosote dust. I was young, foolish, 'seemingly invincible' and abused my body. My bad. I live to read you.
 

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DeepSeaDan: Regretfully my time for those adventures have expired. I can only experience that excitement through stories that people, such as yourself pass on. I am 85 years old with disabling CMT. (Charcot Marie Tooth) It is an inherited peripheral neuropathy with no cure. I also have COPD. Emphysema in my left lung and other lung problems from years of working at tearing out railroad tracks and breathing coal and creosote dust. I was young, foolish, 'seemingly invincible' and abused my body. My bad. I live to read you.
Well Lad, I’m sorry to hear that. I will dig up another story or two for your vicarious reading pleasure.
 

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For all of us and future readers... :cool:
 

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