Coronado, California residents found an amazing discovery after the coast was clear from El Niño.
In 2016, El Niño hit the coast of Coronado, California. As expected, the weather brought massive damage to the entirety of the area.
The place was greatly affected with storms that brought strong winds and rainfall.
After the devastating incident, the residents were quick to pick themselves up after the calamity. Once the sky was started to move again with their life.
But they did not expect what they would see amidst the destruction brought by El Niño.
Located at the South Coronado Beach, people found a massive protruding object on the seashore.
People grew curious as to what this mysterious object was.
With the help of the tide which continually washed the sand surface, the residents finally learned what the storm had unearthed.
It was a massive shipwreck!
People were amazed because of the unexpected discovery. They never expected that a huge ship was just quietly lying beneath the ground.
Because of the intensity of the wind and rain brought by El Niño, the surface of the ground gradually subsided, revealing a historic artifact that left the people in awe.
Researchers found out the history of the said ship.
The vessel measured 300 feet and was named SS Monte Carlo. The massive ship was built in Wilmington, North Carolina back in 1921, just after World War I.
The body of the ship was made out of iron and concrete.
SS Monte Carlo was initially owned by the United States Quartermaster Corps until 1923. It was then sold to the Associated Oil Company of San Francisco. After that, it was again sold in the early 1930s to two individuals namely Ed Turner and Martin Schouwiler who were both rich mobsters.
The two turned the vessel into a massive “sin ship” which housed various underground and illegal activities. Though not the first ship to offer these kinds of activities, SS Monte Carlo was considered to be the largest.
The estimated people it can accommodate per week reached up to 15,000.
The total profit of the ship amounted to $3 million a year which in today’s standard is equivalent to $52 million.
But the ship found its end during New Year’s day of 1937 as it was met by a massive storm.
The ship remained at the South Coronado beach. As years passed by, the shipwreck was gradually buried underground, until the 2016 El Niño unearthed the historical vessel.
According to rumors, the ship still housed a pile of gold and silver coins that could amount up to $150,000, but exploring it was not advisable due to the sharp edges of the structure.
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Nevertheless, residents could just enjoy the sight of the historical shipwreck.