Every once in a while, I’ve found and read small excerpts about the lost Viking Ship in the delta of the Colorado River.
Reputed to have been last seen in the 1930's and now presumed to be covered by drifting sand.
Some interesting reading is to be found at the sites listed and the most interesting to me was that there are ships from other era’s and other
nations to be found there.
Most interesting of all is the story about the Chinese Junk found there although the Spanish smugglers ship full of pearls could be the most
interesting of all if it was found.
A small excerpt from the first site listed.
(San Gorgonio Pass is near San Bernardino, California.)
Somewhere in the great Salton Basin, or the Laguna Salada or the delta of the Colorado River, lie the bones of an ancient ship stranded hundreds of
years ago — seen now and again by desert wanderers or by Indians. That is one of the most persistent legends of the far Southwest — and there is
every reason to believe that such a ship does or could exist.
That is not to say that the ship — be it Viking, or Spanish, or Chinese, or Russian, or even from Mu — sailed into what is now desert when the
great California Gulf was open all the way to he slopes of San Gorgonio Pass. Neither does it follow, necessarily, that scientific doctrine is right,
and that the Gulf and the Basin have not been joined by navigable water for numberless thousands of years.
For more, go here:
This one is about geological specimens - rock-hounding is another way to put it - and it talks a bit about how the ancient lakes of the lower Colorado
were formed as well as how the Colorado Desert came to be.
Some interesting reading about American history 1530 - 1564.
It’s condensed into short paragraphs about a particular explorer or other locally famous person - and their particular explorations - and gives a
good idea of the explorations occurring at the same time in various parts of the country.
It focuses mainly on the Western US and the explorations of the Spanish, but talks about other areas of the US as well.
Some interesting history about Vikings is spelled out.
Searching for these lost ships is something that seems to have been done in the middle part of the 20th Century.
It’s surprising there is no particular interest in mounting an expedition today.
With the sophisticated devices we have available today it wouldn’t have to be a foot by foot rough and tough slog through the desert like it was not
too many years ago.
A slow flying light plane would do it for the initial stages of the search and a helicopter would be ideal to use once some promising sites were
Flying the copter in, setting down and working a few hours should give us enough information to decide whether to mount an extensive overland
expedition or not.
It is surprising at the things you can see from the air and not notice at all from the ground.
My personal experience as a pilot has been the realization that the earth is built on a grand scale and the works of man all but disappear at the
[edit on 14-10-2005 by Desert Dawg]