||Dennis M. Powers
||Sea Ventures Press
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Over ten years ago, the San Francisco Chronicle and other national newspapers ran headlines that salvors had discovered a long-lost, ghost ship that sank off Northern California in 1865. The media ran fascinatine stories about the sold onboard, the Gold Rush and Civil War personalities, and the era. I was researching a book then on tsunamis and filed the articles in an "of great interest file." Three years after that, I read about the discovery of gold on the sunken vessel and then of a USA Supreme Court decision that established leading maritime law. The name of that ship was the Brother Jonathan. I continued researching the ship and its history during summers, vacations, and breaks from my teaching responsibilities...