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A challenge for our Norwegian friend stein, or is this photo commonly known? According to the description this ship may have been involved here in treasure diving.
· Date: Mon, 7 October 19 · Views: 380
· Filesize: 39.5kb, 203.7kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 643 ·
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Keywords: General Grant
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stein
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Registered: November 2006
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Tue, 8 October 19 04:09

That is a tough one. Definitely American built, of wood, and perhaps lying in a Chilean nitrate or guano port at the end of her career (the masts look tired). The "house" on top of her house looks strange, maybe it belongs to a harbour vessel of some sort behind her.
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Thu, 10 October 19 03:49

It is the General Grant. A 1,005-ton three-masted ship built in Maine in the United States in 1864 and registered in Boston, Massachusetts. She was named after Ulysses S. Grant and owned by Messers Boyes, Richardson & Co. She had a length of 179.5 ft, beam of 34.5 ft and depth of 21.5 ft. While on her way from Melbourne to London, General Grant crashed into a cliff on the west coast of main island of the Auckland Islands of New Zealand, and subsequently sank as a result. Sixty-eight people drowned and only 15 people survived.

(The "treasure diving" probably relates to the ship having a load of gold aboard when she foundered.)

I did not find the ship through any nautical knowledge or any possession of bound information of same, but rather through a Google search feature. A feature that Sparkie complained of as regards his now again defunct "Sparkie's Quiz", but that I have not fully understood until now. You download the picture of the unknown ship, then go to New Window and then Images. You will then find a a small drawing of a camera in the search slot. Click on this and among the options then given, chose Upload Image and Browse. Upload your recently downloaded picture and Google will search for another copy of this picture. This takes quite a bit of fun out of searching, but I believe we will have to adapt. And I feel everyone here should be aware of this method of picture search. Somebody might congratulate me upon finding above ship - but I did not find it, Google did. (And the info on her I transferred from a Wikipedia entry.)
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DasHearach
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Registered: September 2009
Location: West London
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Thu, 10 October 19 14:31

That's interesting. Thankyou for that, Stein.

Best regards, Das.
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Gijsha

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Thu, 10 October 19 17:10

See also https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?156039

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China hand
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Fri, 11 October 19 13:58

Stein, please don't spoil your magic.

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Gijsha

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Sat, 12 October 19 10:49

Very interesting article about the treasure hunters here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7073...ar-old-mystery

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