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RobertMarcos
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10/15/2016
RobertMarcos
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Forgive me but does anyone recall hearing a story about two gentlemen who found a 400-year old Spanish sword buried in the sand at Fish Creek Wash? The details would be very helpful. Some researchers are looking into the "lost ship of the desert" story, and the location of that sword might be a vital detail.

Thanks & best wishes...

Robert Marcos

http://www.robertmarcos.com/lost-ship-of-the-desert/
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rockhopper
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10/17/2016
rockhopper
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Robert
Can't really help you with the Spanish sword find, although I am sure there are countless metal objects buried out near and around the Salton sink / overland trails leading from Yuma toward San Diego, Temecula, White water, etc., etc from the many expeditions over the past hundreds of years of Spanish exploration.
Regarding the "lost ship", (I would add lost ship's) Many ships have navigated up the Colorado river in the past with many getting stuck and abandoned. It is possible the a shallow draft ship such as the pearl ship could row/sail into Lake Cahuilla (Blake sea) if they were extremely lucky and timing was perfect in that the Colorado river was entering the Sea of Cortez and the Salton trough concurrently. The sea was "filled" around 1600 according to the experts and dry by 1700 so the timing of 1615 is right. I have read over the years that the ship had been plundered years ago and the timbers were even hauled off to build corrals, etc. National Geographic went out and found little.
The Native Americans used boats for transportation of goods, fishing around the lake thousands of years ago during fills with fishing villages around the shore line. Many sites still are visible today. When the lake was in decline ( todays current level +/-) obsidian from Red Hill was exposed and available for trading and use.

Good luck! BTW excellent article you wrote.
A great source of countless hours of reading on this subject is on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Ship_of_the_Desert








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ziphius
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10/17/2016
ziphius
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Haven't heard about that one, but I was told by a ranger at Mission Trails Regional Park that a sword was found behind Old Mission Dam one year when it was dredged to remove the build-up of silt.

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RobertMarcos
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10/18/2016
RobertMarcos
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Thank you very much. I appreciate your comments. I had no idea that National Geographic had researched these lost ships...
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