THE GENERAL GRANT
MB MAY STILL ACTIVE. [.Si'txi.u, To am; Sr.vit.J BLUFF, October 20. Everyone is more or lc = s interested in the gold of the ship General Grant, which was wrecked at the Auckland Islands in 1866. with a very considerable treasure aboard. Something over a year ago the Sorenson Salvage Syndicate, of Arizona. U.S.A., was held up when about to leave Fort Chalmers, ami was afterwards wound up. the managing (Elector returning to America to form allot he- syndicate to pro-cent© the search for the (;enerai Drant's treasure. From time to time word lias reached th© shareholders of the old syndicate of toe steps Mr May lias taken in e uuicclion with th ■ cul eijprise. and he recently left- Ban Francisco for the Auckland Islands via the Society Islands (Tahil i;. • A good deal of secrecy was necessary in eon- i accnon with his Tahiti scheme, and it wis I only on completion of the operations there that Mr May has given any information .regarding it. It appears that the new syndicate has been registered both in America, and New Zealand, and the name of the new concern is the '‘American Deep Sea Exploration Company.” of Arizona, U.S.A.. and was inccrporatr;l in 1915. Tie 1 shareholders ©t the old syndicate are all represented in the new one. and money has been fortheormne for all requirements. The mission to Tahiti was lor piratic treasure, and Mr May had with him an 80-year-old mariner who -knew vlie location of the plant, and Die syndicate were able to recover a portion of it. The Tahiti business occupied the party tar longer than was aniicip..ted, ami it. was found necessary to ret,urn to America to replem-li i stores, oil, and equipment before setting oin ! on Diet long voyage to the dt solal e Auckland j Islands, Mr May intended at first to make i Blurt bis port cf call, but after njileni'-liing 1 at, hwu Franc!.-.CO the craft wi.l now make | Pori Rose. ■ Auckland Islands) direct, and : then return to New Zealand for the oauti- ! Sever bridge and other plant, which is a'! in sloi-o in Dunedin r. ady for shipment. Wilii i ();(> party conics a great friend of Drew?, i one. of the survivors cf the General Grant. : Dr©we, it will be remembered, went to Die i si ’.'eng room of the General Grant, after she j At nick, (ind b© was able to slate of bis own knowledge what the. contents of iito siA.iig ; room were, the quantity of gold being tar in ! excess of the 2,000 odd ounces shown ill th© i manifest. On©, c.f tifo officials "I _th? Otni mcvcial Bank, wim was in i.i© .‘•e'ere.i-: 1 -'' ! offices at. the time Die General ikmit ;>.\i eb ' has slated of his own knowledge that ; £150.000 worth of gold war-, shipped nom ii.s office alone, and was not shown in flic maiutest, a precaution that was frequent, in thono day? I of pirates and desperadoes, similar to tnose } who cleared out with the Madagascar some jl2 years previously^r There is no doubt as to Die seriousness of the syndicate, who are | thoroughly confident than they wdl be aolo i to set ai! minds at rest in regard to the i celebrated General Grunt- They are ‘ho ! best-equipped salvage party that ever tackl'd ; this class of work in Bacilli’ wafers, and if if : i> a; ait possible to succeed I hey aro ccnii- ! dent that they will do so. With them they j will have Mr M. M Uonald, male of the Gazelle, ! expert it ion of 1870, and formerly male of Die clipper.ship Invercargill. They will a!s> have Mr T. Cross, of the tug Southland exipertition of 1868, and master of the schooner Flying Scud, which -rescued Dio survivors of Dm Grafton at the Auckland* in 1865. Tim efforts of Die Gazelle. Daphne, and Southland expeditions were nil made from the seaward side, but with Die cantilever projection proposed by the American Deep Sea Exploitation Company th© position will be reversed, and the salvaging will bo attempted from the land. It is believed that work can be carried out in all weathers. Mr May was to resume his vovage from San Francisco on th© 26th of last mouth, and as cables have not reached him it is surmised that he is now ,aider sail for I’orl Ross and will probably reach Irf? destination in November.
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THE GENERAL GRANT, Evening Star, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914