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MUFONET-BBS NETWORK - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 10:58 Thu Jun 27 EXP: 11:00 Fri Jun 28 쿒REAT LAKES EXPERTS DEBUNK CLAIMS THAT $60 MILLION IN GOLD 쿔S ABOARD SHIPWRECK 쿏ETROIT (JUNE 27) UPI - Experts on Great Lakes history are 쿭oubtful about a Los Angeles salvage operator's claim that 퀅p to $60 million in gold coins is aboard a 19th century 퀂teamship at the bottom of Lake Erie. 쿟om Farnquist, executive director of the Great Lakes 쿞hipwreck Historical Society, said Wednesday there was no 퀂ecret about where the side-wheel steamer Atlantic sank on 쿌ug. 20, 1852. 쿏ivers went to the wreck many times, most recently in the 1950s, he said. The book ''Great Stories of the Great 쿗akes'' says the ship's safe, containing $5,000 in gold and $31,000 in bills, was raised four years after the Atlantic 퀂ank. 쿞alvage operator Steven Morgan said there was more than one 퀂afe on the vessel and he still thinks the gold aboard could 쿫e valued at $60 million. ''I wish people would quit trying to throw dirt all over the 쿾lace,'' he told the Detroit Free Press. 쿑arnquist laughed at Morgan's plan to raise the 267-foot, 1,155-ton, 142-year-old wooden vessel and sail it around the 쿹akes as a museum. ''You've got to be kidding me,'' he said. ''No way could you 퀁aise that ship.'' 쿑arnquist said the ship was likely to break apart if 퀂alvagers tried to haul it from the muddy bottom. But Morgan 퀃old the Free Press, ''How can they say that without seeing 퀃he boat, without knowing anything about it?'' 쿕ohn Polacsek, executive director of the Dossin Great Lakes 쿘useum on Detroit's Belle Isle, challenged assertions from 쿘organ's Tuesday news conference that the steamer was a 쿬asino ship. ''It was an overnight transit ship carrying cargo and 쿾assengers between Buffalo and Detroit,'' Polascek said. 쿘organ said he never claimed the ship was a casino, but 쿪nswered a question about gambling by saying, ''Like they 쿪ll did, every ship out there had gambling - this was an 쿶mmigrant steamer.'' 쿛olascek also questioned Morgan's estimates that the 쿌tlantic's passengers were carrying gold that could be worth $98 million, considering that the ship was crowded with 쿙orwegian and Irish immigrants looking for work on the 쿘ichigan Central Railroad. 쿟he most interesting find that Morgan reported, according to 쿛alascek, was wreckage of an early submarine built by 19th 쿬entury inventor Lodner Phillips. 쿛atricia Gruse Harris, author of ''Great Lakes' First 쿞ubmarine,'' suggests Phillips may have lost his submarine 퀇hile trying to find the Atlantic a year after it sank, 쿪lthough that is not certain. =END=

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