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MUFONET-BBS NETWORK - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 15:33 Tue Jun 25 EXP: 16:00 Tue Jul 02 쿥RECKAGE OF LUXURY STEAMSHIP THAT SANK NEARLY 150 YEARS AGO 쿑OUND IN LAKE ERIE 쿗OS ANGELES (JUNE 25) UPI - The wreckage of a luxury 퀂teamship that sank nearly 150 years ago in Lake Erie with 퀅p to $60 million in gold coins aboard has been discovered 쿶n what archaeologists said Tuesday may represent one of the 쿺ore significant shipwreck finds in history. 쿟he Atlantic was carrying 600 people when it collided in 쿴eavy fog with another ship and sank on Aug. 20, 1852. Only 쿴alf of them survived but the ship and its contents were 쿫elieved lost forever. A private salvage firm based in Los 쿌ngeles, using sonic radar, discovered the ship's wreckage 쿶n 1989 but withheld announcing the find until legal details 쿬ould be ironed out. 쿚n Tuesday, the company, Mar-Dive Corp., displayed some of 퀃he first items recovered from the ship, saying the find 쿬ould be worth up to $200 million. 쿞teven Edward Morgan, president of Mar-Dive, also said the 퀇orld's oldest submarine was found on top of the wreckage. 쿓e said it apparently landed there during a test mission a 퀉ear after the sinking. The company plans to attempt to 퀁aise the submarine. 쿏an Koski-Karell, director of the National Institute of 쿌rchaeology in Washington, D.C., described the find of the 쿌tlantic as possibly the most significant discovery from the 쿾re-Civil War era. ''It's a marvelous discovery,'' he said. ''I've seen some of 퀃he artifacts and some are in exquisite condition.'' 쿌mong the items on display were a glass lamp, children's 쿹eather shoes, iron tools, mittens and china. 쿞ome of the items were found scattered around the wreckage 퀇hile some were recovered from the deck of the ship. The 퀆essel was found largely intact, except for an opening in 쿶ts hull where it was struck. 쿌dditionally, the salvage company estimates that up to $60 쿺illion in gold coins will be found on board. Divers have 쿫een unable to penetrate the ship's interior, but Morgan 퀂aid that could happen late this year. 쿌rchaeologists said mud and the fresh cold waters of Lake 쿐rie helped to preserve the ship and its contents. 쿘organ said he intends to sell most of what is recovered. As 쿯or the Atlantic, he hopes to raise and restore it and make 쿶t a traveling museum of pre-Civil War times. =END=

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