Gold rush-era ghost ship found in the Yukon

Published on November 25th, 2009 | by Admin

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A gold-rush era ship which sank in a storm 1901 has been found, remarkably intact, at the bottom of a lake in the Yukon Territory.

Archaeologists in Canadas Yukon have found whats believed to be the only untouched shipwreck from the Klondike Gold Rush, made famous by writers Jack London and Robert Service.

Underwater video, taken with a remote operated vehicle, shows the remarkably intact remains of the A.J. Goddard.

The small iron stern-wheel steamboat sank during an Autumn storm in Lake Laberge in 1901.

Three crew members drowned, while 2 others were saved, found floating and clinging to the ships small pilot house, which broke off when it sank.

The wreck is a time capsule: boots and the jacket of one of the crew lie on the deck, along with a stove, scattered dishes and tools. Just prior to the ship sinking, the crew added more fuel to the fire in a desperate attempt to steam to safety. Today, more than a century later, the boiler door, to the left in the video, still lies open with lightly charred wood in the firebox.

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