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The Wreck Of The Sindia Essay

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The Wreck of the Sindia My project deals specifically with the shipwreck of a sailing vessel named The Sindia. The Sindia was a four masted cargo carrier registered out of Liverpool, England. Her main job was to carry freight from port to port. The majority of cargo she transported was oil, silk, and novelties and trinkets. ( Lee, 1-2) Her last voyage was to have taken her from New York to Shanghai, China. She was to travel from Shanghai to Kobe, Japan and then back to New York. She had accomplished most of this voyage and was on her way home along the eastern seaboard of the United States when she ran into a severe northeastern storm. This was the storm that was to claim the Sindia forever. ...view middle of the document...

(Lamphear, 8-9) After the men were off the ship and safe on shore, there still was the problem of the cargo on the grounded Sindia. How were they going to get the cargo off of the stranded ship? A consensus of those involved, including the captain, crew, rescuers and townspeople seemed to come up with the same idea. A wrecking company would be hired to salvage all it could from the ship. Due to the fear of another storm the company was hired to start the salvage work immediately. Another reason to begin the work was to salvage the items before looters ransacked the ship.As the company continued its efforts the salvaged material was first sold to the New York underwriters and put up for auction. The auction did not work out the way the underwriters had hoped. ( Seibold, 10-15) Later, the ship, including cargo, was sold to the Sindia Company for $ 5,500. The estimated value of the cargo alone was $1,200,000. While most of the items salvaged were sold on the Ocean City Boardwalk, a large amount of her contents still lay in the hull today. ( Seibold, 10-15) Once the wrecking crew abandoned its operations on the vessel and the work was done, it became a popular play place for children and families visiting the beach. My Grandmother can recall playing in and around the ship as a child. In the pictures taken of the deteriorating ship you can see children playing and sitting all around the ship. It became so popular that the city built a boardwalk out to the ship. They charged people to come out there and they turned it into a major tourist attraction of Ocean City. Many of the pictures that you see of the sunken ship are of its masts and parts laid strewn on the beach. My Grandmother and Aunt can remember there times spent playing on the ship. They both recall playing on the metal parts that still lay above the surface. These parts remained longer then the ship because of the material of which they were made. My Grandmother told me that as time...

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