There has changed many times, dotting the landscape of the Colorado Desert with visions of a ship that never quite docked at the port of reality. This is the presentation I did at the Mousley Museum of Natural History in Yucaipa Ca. Given the podcast's name, and the pleasure its host takes in debunking popular legends (Hitler escaped the fall of Berlin, the moon landing was faked), it is not surprising Dunning took apart the desert ship plank by plank. Elizabethan chronicler Richard Hakluyt reported that Cavendish’s Content and her consort ship, Desire, had set sail for England heavily laden with plunder from the Spanish galleon, Santa Ana. Most of these do not return to search for ancient treasure ships. It's only as his work has become better known—he was on Myth Hunters, on the American Heroes Channel, the History Channel filmed an episode for a show about unexplained phenomena (he isn't sure when it will air), and he recently shot a pilot for another show, which could air on a major channel (Grasson asked me exclude details of this last production) —that he has gone out there more and more, as a field guide to and custodian of the desert ship myth. If they are lucky, their "treasure" might be steady work in the shadows. Like all faiths, Grasson's constantly renews itself, flourishing at the very moment when it should expire. He played some of the city's famous clubs, but did not become famous himself. So they left and decided to come back in a few days. He is an expert in legend, which skews far more toward imagination than fact—too far, for most. It took Jakie quite some time to get through all the sand, but when he did he found a small chest full of gems. This is, Coolidge wrote, "a record of the old Norsemen who visited the west coast of Mexico long before the Spanish came. Most of the hunting that goes on here has nothing to do with Spanish galleons or Viking longboats. The story begins in the year 1587. Grasson stopped his Jeep and we stepped out into a thick cloud of fine dust particles. Brian Dunning, who hosts the popular Skeptoid podcast, investigated claims about the lost desert ship in 2010. The stories have given Pal… This could be a reference to a Spanish ship. Imperial is a sad, low town eternally under a hot, low sun. In 1933, she was hiking with her husband in the Anza-Borrego Desert, not far from the border with Mexico. A map showing California as an island, an common misconception even into the early 18th Century. By the time Myrtle and her husband had set out to explore, amid the blooming poppies and evening primrose, the story of the lost desert ship was already about 60 years old. For one, there's no primary-source record of a ship getting stuck in the Colorado Desert. Let us only believe that which is shared with us on Facebook. Today, the Salton Sea is the largest body of water in California. Those willing to see the place for what it is are few in number, since what's readily visible doesn't seem like much. A few have even claimed to have seen the ship, its wooden remains poking through the sand like the skeleton of a prehistoric beast. The possibility that there is no ship at all, he simply won't entertain. John Grasson picked me up at the Palm Springs International Airport in mid-November. In the Los Angeles Daily News of August 1870, the ship was described as a half-buried hulk in a drying alkali marsh or saline lake, west of Dos Palmas, California, and 40 miles north of Yuma, Arizona. He became an avid visitor to TreasureNet.com, an international clearinghouse for those seeking Jon Swift's silver mine deep in the Appalachian Mountains or a vault made by the Knights Templar on an island off Nova Scotia. Bailey might not have many more facts than Grasson, but he has does have the force of conviction, annealed by the passage of time. The Jacobsons eventually divorced and left Imperial. Audiences appeared to agree. Like many others who lived in or near Los Angeles, Grasson found real-estate prices pushing him East, into Riverside County and beyond, ever deeper into the desert, until he ended up in Banning, where he has lived for the last 11 years. Carver gave his audio testimony in 1964; it subsequently passed into the hands of "private collector" whom Grasson won't name. In the early 1970s, Lawrence Justus sought permission to enter Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Borrego Springs, Calif., for “the purpose of locating certain artifacts,” according to documents obtained by The Desert Sun. Lost Galleon of the California Desert; COLD CASE On the morning of November 12, 1870, Charley Clusker set out from San Bernardino, California, looking for a 255-year-old Spanish ship loaded with pearls and other treasures. A new study reveals how they eked out a good life on the icy island by cornering the … Some time ago, he listened to a recording made by a farmhand named Elmer Carver. That's when Hernando de Alarcón sailed up the western coast of Mexico, traversed the head of the Gulf and then navigated the lower Colorado River, making it at least to modern-day Yuma, Ariz. – abut 100 miles southeast of the Salton Sea. A Viking ship. still exist in good condition, he adds. Kristin Scharkey is features editor at The Desert Sun and editor of DESERT magazine. The nearby U.S. border is a popular crossing for undocumented immigrants. History. He prefers to be called an "explorer of legends and lore," not a treasure hunter. Myrtle Botts, the librarian who said she saw it, claimed it was buried by an earthquake. Viking Sunstone Josh travels to England and Norway to unlock the secrets of the Viking sunstone, a mystic crystal the Vikings used to conquer the seas. He sells mattresses. '", You have 4 free articles remaining this month, Sign-up to our daily newsletter for more articles like this + access to 5 extra articles. Some say this is legend; others insist it is fact. John F. Kennedy will stay a paragon of 20th century liberalism, no matter how much we learn about his philandering, drug use and mafia associations. He knows they look down on him, but he also thinks he knows more than they do. Then, that became too expensive. You could argue that Grasson is wilfully blind to some facts, but we all practice the same kind of selective history-making. Grasson had mentioned meeting someone who claimed to have Spanish armor from the ship (he asked me not to reveal the names of these people, because they fear being harassed by treasure hunters). Viking ship's buried clues may reveal identities of mystery women. "When the storm was done, Jakie noticed what looked like the front of a boat coming out of the ground, so he went to investigate. It is today believed by many to be under the Salton Sea in California. But when he tried to lift the chest out it fell completely apart." That's my name. Santiago said he was pulled away by his companions before he could explore the ship, and he never went back. "We tell ourselves stories," Joan Didion wrote in The White Album, "in order live." Yet there are believers who insist that, using recent advances in archaeology, the ship can be found. The Lost Ship of the Desert series is exclusively for subscribers on desertsun.com and other USA TODAY Network sites. Follow Question; 3 Great Question; Asked by ScottyMcGeester (1897) July 2nd, 2013 I wanted to know more about this story, as much as I can. In 1870, Philadelphia’s Evening Telegraph called it “a marvellous story” about “a ship high and dry on a Colorado Desert – billows of sand beating about her.” In 1875, British publishing house Chapman and Hall released poet Joaquin Miller’s book of verse The Ship in the Desert. "Those who hold to this theory as the only solution of the mystery insist that almost all the exciting tales that come out of the desert are due to mirages.". Grasson pointed to the striated rock that rose all around us. He is trying to reconcile the imagined and the real, but he must do it in his free hours, on a bad knee, with no apparent means of outside financial support. Grasson pointed to a passage about "Came From Afar Men—the strange whalers who cooked whale meat in an enormous iron pot, ate it and drank the oil." The desert ship is buoyed by legend, but scuttled by facts. This indicates the waterline of Lake Cahuilla. The lost Spanish Galleon stories began after the Colorado River flood of 1862. This was once the property of Nels Jacobsen, the farmer who supposedly made fence with slats from a Viking ship. Grasson's conviction, though, remains as solid as the black and brown hills. The Viking Sky lost power on Saturday and sent out a distress signal after it began drifting towards land. Cahuilla dried out centuries ago, but water returned here in 1905, after a dam broke on the Colorado River. That tribe, he says, is concerned only with self-enrichment, willing to abuse property rights and historical artifacts in the pursuit of some long-lost trove. "You will say I am crazy, that I lose my water and get thirsty and see dreams, but it is the truth." His license plate is DEZERTMAG, because he was once editor of Dezert Magazine, which was the short-lived successor to The Desert Magazine, which was published from 1937 until 1985. To make a living, Grasson sold carpet. This created a waterway that reached inland as far as the valley currently known as Imperial Valley, California, would have provided easy access to the deserts of southwest America by ships. Here, your sense of wonder dissipates and is replaced by dread. In a guide to California published during the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration, author Kane Springs writes about a ‘shipwreck’ on the edge of the Salton Sea, saying that there was “a boat built in 1862 by a Colorado River mining company, transported partway across the desert by ox team, and then abandoned because of the difficulty of the journey from San Gorgonio Pass to the … Line of trees Vikings, Yarns 8998 were oddly shaped into its prow hull in the shadows once did hear. 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