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Silver Pesos

 

1999 Edward Michaud

 

All accounts of the silver dumping in San Jose Bay are from Navy Diver Morris Solomon. The "dap-dap" boat that was alongside the South Dock was a small tender-tug approximately 45 feet long with one engine. This small vessel was salvaged for scrap after the war. ‘Mo’ Solomon was forced as a prisoner to recover these two cases of silver from the stack of the wreck by the Japanese. He was also forced to recover the arms thrown off the South Dock, which were packed inside artillery powder canisters and sealed. He stated that the job was quite difficult since the containers tended to move around on the bottom. MacArthur’s personal set of pearl-handled 45’s were also recovered off the South Dock and turned over to the Japanese.

The private American attempt to recover these silver pesos resulted in 70% of the haul going to the Philippine Government.

The Author actually had the opportunity to personally interview "Speedy Gonzales" while visiting the island. Of course, one cannot vouch for the story’s full authenticity but is interesting none the less.

The Author, of course, cannot, (or more accurately ‘will not’), divulge just how much was recovered at this particular site. Suffice it to say, enough was recovered to at least pay for the expedition to the island.

 

POST-WAR RECOVERY OPS 1945-88 | SPEEDY GONZALES  |   BATTERY MORRISON  | AH-MOON'S   |  THE ENGINEERING TUNNEL   |   GRAVE - GOLD   |   THE MARCOS CONNECTION   |   THE NORTH DOCK GOLD HOLE   |   THE FOURTH LATERAL   |   THE NORTH HARBOR SALVAGE BARGE   |    THE PRESIDENTIAL YACHT "CASIANO"   |   THE LORCHA DOCK   |  SILVER PESOS    |  NO MORE GOLD   |   CONCLUSION

CORREGIDOR - THE TREASURE ISLAND OF WWII    |    GOLD IS ALSO BALLAST    |    THE GOLDEN PATROL OF THE USS TROUT |  SALVAGING A SILVER TREASURE  | THE JAPANESE OVERSTRIKE

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