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By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/29/2015 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Legend says the gold was stolen from the Confederates during the Civil War.

Treasure hunters claim they discovered $2 million worth of gold, originally stolen from the Confederates after the Civil War, in a Lake Michigan Shipwreck. The hunters, Kevin Dykstra and Frederick J. Monroe said they discovered a 19th Century tug boat off of Frankfort, Michigan. In the tug boat was a safe and Dykstra and Monroe are now trying to force open it.

'As I looked to the back of the cabin, there was a rear door to the cabin,' Dykstra said. 'Just to the left of the rear door was a safe.'

"As I looked to the back of the cabin, there was a rear door to the cabin," Dykstra said. "Just to the left of the rear door was a safe."

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By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
5/29/2015 (3 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: treasure, gold, shipwreck, discovery


MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - There was an old story passed down through several generations, telling of boxcars that were pushed into the ocean to lighten ships' cargos during the late 1800s.

The story indicates that one of these boxcars contained a fortune; George Alexander Abbott revealed in his confession, before he died in 1921, the location of this boxcar. The ship was said to be still intact and that the safe also remained.


"I was sitting down and talking to a friend of mine, and all of the sudden he says, 'Fred, you're just the person I want to see with your diving experience. My grandfather told me a story that he heard from a lighthouse keeper, who originally heard it during a deathbed confession, that there's 2 million dollars of gold bullion inside a box car that fell off a ferry into Lake Michigan,'" explained Monroe in an interview with the Daily Mail.

They were out on the water during one their searches when they suddenly saw the outline of a boat on their sonar.

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Treasure hunters claim the discovery of gold from shipwreck in Lake Michigan


According to Dykstra, "I was actually hovering over the bow of the ship, and when I looked down, I could see the windless very clear." The treasure hunters then decided to investigate and dived into the 37-degree water.  

"As I looked to the back of the cabin, there was a rear door to the cabin," Dykstra said. "Just to the left of the rear door was a safe."

Monroe heard of the legendary story in 1972 and now believes they are closer than ever to finding the lost box cars and the fortune.

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