The Elingamite ran aground on West Island in the Princes islands in thick fog on 9 November 1902, with the loss of 45 lives.
With a ton and a half of silver and gold bullion on board it immediately became a magnet for treasure hunters, and over the years large numbers of coins have been salvaged, along with the ship’s bell.
We were diving near the wreck for treasure of a different, fishy kind, but Skip and Richie headed across to the wreck site to see how things are looking. Marine life has colonised every inch of the wreckage, which has been strewn by storms across a wide area, and Richie took this photo of Skip near one of the larger pieces of wreckage.
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