Could there truly be a lost shipwreck in the middle of the California desert?
It’s a story that has endured for nearly 400 years: rumors of a Spanish ship, sailing on the mighty Colorado River, which becomes stranded on the desert sands when the water recedes before reaching their destination. Its crew is marooned and left for death, and its magnificent treasures are lost to the wind and the shifting sands.
There’s no way to know how much truth is in these local legends, and what has bled over from imaginary tales. With only folklore preserving the memories, and no physical maps, searching the wind-blown and rain-shaped basin of the Colorado River for a sand-buried ship would be impossible. The artificially created Salton Sea, a modern successor to more ancient and now dried-up lakes, covers an enormous swathe of desert where such a ship would likely be.
But the legends are intriguing nonetheless, for this lost ship could be one of many. Most likely it was a Spanish ship, bringing cargo to the colonies when it was carried miles inland by a sudden flood on the Colorado River. The force of the water would have broken a land barrier and eventually deposited the ship in the basin, stranding it far from its water source once the waters retreated.
Based on size estimates and descriptions from people who claimed to have seen it, it could be the caravel of the explorer Juan de Iturbe, who in 1615 sailed to the Sea of Cortez to gather rare black pearls. On his journey back inland, the flooded river stranded his ship in a shallow lake, which eventually dried up, forcing him to abandon his treasure. A traveler on Juan Bautista de Anza’s 1774 expedition claims to have come across the shipwreck, and taken some of this loot for himself.
There have also been reported encounters, a little farther away, with a nearly-buried Spanish-style galleon in a dried-up saline lake, sightings that seemed to continue well into the late 19th century. A Los Angeles newspaper claimed that it was quite easy to find, standing atop a mesa. Unfortunately, at the time, this area was so poorly mapped that expeditions to track the ship down were unsuccessful, and since 1905 the area has been under the waters of the Salton Sea.
Even the idea of this ship being a Viking ship has persisted through time. In the early twentieth century, a pair of hikers reported seeing a ship that had very clear and distinct Viking features, one being a snake or dragon-like creature carved into the exterior. They reasoned that the Vikings had perhaps made their way to the western shores of North America, and had subsequently gotten themselves lost. Lacking the time and supplies to get close enough to examine it closely, the hikers decided to come back later. But when they returned a few days afterward, the site where the marvelous Viking ship had sat was buried under rocks and sand from an earthquake that had struck that same morning.
So is there a shipwreck, laden with treasure, lost somewhere in the desert, so far from the sea? Very likely.
Will it ever be found and confirmed to exist? Probably not. The landscape of the great desert is constantly drifting and shifting, whether by natural forces or more modern means. What is lost once tends to stay lost forever.
Carlisle (standing) in the children’s ward of the hospital he worked at in Columbus, OH in 1907.
Four years later he’ll meet a young Esme in a different ward of this hospital.
month after that he’ll be gone to parts unknown, possibly Chicago.
Carlisle packing up and moving a mere month after meeting the woman
he’ll one day fall in love with just is a wee bit too coincidental to
me. He’d been in Columbus since 1905, so I suppose he could have
already been planning the move before meeting her– though if that was
the case why doesn’t the Guide just say so? My headcanon is that he was
significantly drawn to her and didn’t understand why. It unsettled him
enough that he decided to leave town before he ran into her again,
whether accidentally or on purpose, because he was self-aware enough to
admit he was tempted to manufacture an “accidental” encounter. For him I
think the major stumbling blocks were that she was so young and that
she had a family– we know he’d been considering making a companion
since he’d been unable to find one among other vampires, so I don’t
think the fact she was still human would have fazed him, or at least not
much. Having said all that, I don’t think he realized what she would
one day be to him or I believe he would have stuck around and built a
relationship with her. He may be conflicted about being a vampire, but
he definitely doesn’t have Edward-level issues with it.
thing I’m curious about now is exactly when he started thinking he would
have to create a companion for himself. Was it after his encounter with
Esme or before? Was there a part of him that realized looking among
vampires was hopeless because she was what he’d really been looking for
all along? Only the rest of his brain didn’t get the memo and so he fled
from the weird attraction without realizing exactly what he was doing?
Or is it all really just a huge coincidence?
I don’t believe in coincidences that big. I’m really curious to know what you guys think!
The Midway, 1933, Century of Progress World’s Fair, 1933, Chicago. Lou Fowler
The spiral on the left was a ride called Helter Skelter, where riders would simply climb to the top and slide down.
Helter Skelters, named for the British term for “disorderly haste or confusion,” had been around since 1905, appearing in many fairs and amusement parks.
In 1968 the Beatles recorded their hit, Helter Skelter. Paul McCartney has said it was “to be the most raucous vocal, the loudest drums, et cetera” and said he was “using the symbol of a helter skelter as a ride from the top to the bottom; the rise and fall of the Roman Empire – and this was the fall, the demise.”
Inspired that same year by the Beatles’ song, Charles Manson would talk to his “Family” about Helter Skelter, an “apocalyptic war arising from racial tensions between blacks and whites”, which would eventually lead to the Tate-LaBianca murders.
The mount was assembled temporarily at the Research Casting
International workshop in Toronto for Smithsonian staff to inspect. The Nation’s
T. rex (a.ka. Wankel Rex) is poised over a cast of Hatcher, a composite Triceratops that has been on display in
one form or another since 1905.
Apatosaurus excelsus is one of the best-known and most common of the large sauropod dinosaurs. This skeleton, formerly known as Brontosaurus, is actually a composite of several skeletons, although most of the mounted bones come from a single individual. Despite its much heavier body and shorter neck, Apatosaurus is very closely related to both Diplodocus and Barosaurus.
This specimen of Apatosaurus was the first sauropod dinosaur ever mounted. After the skeleton was collected, the specimen was prepared and readied for display, a task that took several preparators six years. Figuring out how to support the large skeleton was another challenge, since no specialized materials existed for this purpose. The mount was later revised to be more anatomically accurate, but the original framework—which consists of repurposed pipes and plumbing fixtures—still supports the dinosaur’s torso.
In 1992, workers began remounting the specimen to reflect what we have learned about sauropods since 1905. The skull, the number of neck vertebrae, the configuration of the wrists, and the length of the tail were all changed.
Here Tsar Nicholas II with a tennis racket under his arm (he was a passionate tennis player) awards the generals for suppressing the popular revolt. The row behind seems to be corpses, and the person in the carriage looks like the Tsarina.
During the first russian revolution Serov made several critical drawings. Serov did not support authority’s actions though he portrayed the members of the imperial family several years before that. (And since 1905 he refused such offers).
gimme interesting facts about your historical faves.
I’ll do Kennedy first
JFK was the first and only Catholic president!!
His confirmation name was Francis.
He had a favorite poem! It’s “I Have a Rendezvous With Death” by Alan Seeger and it’s quoted at the eternal flame.
He is only one of two presidents to be buried at Arlington.
His inauguration speech is the shortest since 1905 at just under 15 minutes and 1900 words.
He was 6'1"
His last words were “That is very obvious”
Next comes James Madison
Madison once while debating with James Monroe, got frostbite on his nose and ears that left open sores that later scarred.
He would tell people who asked about the scars that he got them “it service to his country.”
He was the last surviving signer of the Constitution.
He won a debate against Patrick Henry (for those who don’t know Madison against Henry in a debate was a David and Goliath challenge- Henry was know throughout Virginia as an articulate and charismatic speaker while Madison was know for being painfully spy and prone to mumbling)
He was 5'4"
His last words were “nothing more then a change of mind, my dear.”
and finally Dolley Madison
She was the first “First Lady.” the first time the term was used was at her funeral.
She owned a pretty vicious parrot named Polly.
She wasn’t just First Lady during Madison’s tenure at the White House, she also acted as hostess for Jefferson, Tyler, and Polk.
Dolley was 5'6" or by some records 5'7"
Her last words are unrecorded.
It’s not just a club, it’s my family! Don’t know what I’d do without you! 10th March, 1905, this amazing club was founded, and I’m glad to be a part of it. 109 years completed: 109 years of ups and downs, victories and losses, from a team that got relegated to a team that won the Cup Winners’ Cup, FA Cup to the lads that won Premier League, Carling Cup, Champions League, Europa League and so many more! From the players that first represented this club when it was founded to the teams that had legends like Peter Osgood, Ron Harris, Gianfranco Zola, Didier Drogba, to the current team that has legends like Petr Cech, Frank Lampard and club-captain John Terry… Proud of this club’s history! Proud of my fellow fans who have always been behind the team and the manager. Proud of our lads who never stop believing, who never give up, who love us and love our club! Absolutely love Stamford Bridge as well - Our home since 1905!
Chelsea FC is special to me, an indispensable part of my life; it’s not just a team or a bunch of players, it’s my Family. I love this family! My love has always grown for this club, and I hope it will continue like that forever! Chelsea till I die!!! :’)
Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise was born on 15 August 1950 in Clarence House. She is the second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Among her godparents were: Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother); Margarita, the Hereditary Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg; Princess Alice of Battenberg; and Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
Her older brother is Prince Charles, and her younger brothers are Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Princess Anne was enrolled at Benenden School in 1963, and she left with six O-Levels and two A-Levels. Her first boyfriend was Andrew Parker-Bowles, who later married Camilla – currently the Duchess of Cornwall, and technically Princess of Wales. Anne was a skilled equestrian growing up, winning a gold medal (in 1971) and two silvers (in 1975) at the European Eventing Championships.
On 14 November 1973, Anne married Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey. Mark was a Lieutenant in the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards and a decorated equestrian himself, having won a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. HM offered Mark an earldom upon marrying Anne, but he didn’t accept – thus their two children, Peter and Zara, are untitled. Anne and Mark divorced on 23 April 1992, after several years of marital issues.
On 12 December of the same year, Anne married Timothy Laurence, who was a commander in the Royal Navy. They were wed in the Church of Scotland, as the Church of England typically didn’t allow remarriages after divorce if the divorced person’s former spouse was still alive. Anne was the first royal divorcée to remarry since 1905, when Victoria, Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine, did so. Anne and Timothy did not have any children together.
In 2002, Anne and Timothy were walking their dog, Dotty, in Windsor Great Park when Dotty attacked two children. Anne was convicted of an offense under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and was fined £500 – she thus became the first senior member of the Royal Family to have a criminal record.
As the Princess Royal, Anne carries out a great number of official duties on her mother’s behalf – and on behalf of the United Kingdom in general. In 1990, she was the first member of the Royal Family to visit the Soviet Union, and at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, she represented Great Britain in the International Olympic Committee.
Anne was elected Chancellor of the University of London in 1981, and of the University of Edinburgh in 2011. She’s the president of the Royal Society of Arts as well as Save the Children, and a Patron of Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2007, she was appointed Grand Master of the Royal Victorian Order, as her grandmother had been. She and her husband Timothy currently live in an apartment at St James’s Palace as well as Gatcombe Park.