No takers for long-lost gold in sunken ship found off of B.C. coast – by David Carrigg (Vancouver Sun – January 1, 2024)

An estimated $11 million worth of gold bullion and dust is believed to have gone down with the SS Pacific in the Salish Sea in 1875.

No one has laid claim to any of the 4,000 ounces of gold believed to be on board a ship that sank off of the B.C. coast in 1875.

According to Matt McCauley, spokesman for the Northwest Shipwreck Alliance, there were no supported claims made by the descendants of any of the passengers or crew of the SS Pacific that sank on Nov. 4, 1875, carrying at least 275 souls, including crew, paying passengers and children. Only two survived.

In November 2022, it was revealed through documents lodged in the U.S. district court in Seattle that the wreck of the 70-metre, wooden, coal-powered sidewheeler had been found by a U.S. salvage company called Rockfish Inc.

Rockfish had been searching for the wreck and its golden bounty since 2016 using sonar and a towed camera sled. The search site was selected based on records from 1875 that show the ship went down southwest of Cape Flattery at the end of the Olympic Peninsula, and from more recent information from commercial fishermen who noted that their trawling gear was getting caught up on something on the ocean floor.

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