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Surprising Treasures in a 150-Year-Old Sunken Steamboat

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Steamboat Arabia Painting
Steamboat Arabia Painting
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Loaded with around 200 tons of supplies for 16 towns, the Steamboat Arabia left Kansas up the Missouri River in 1856 on one of her routine trips…but it was her last. She hit a submerged tree and sunk. All the passengers escaped, and the ship was buried in silt, which preserved her treasures nearly intact for over a century. Over time the Missouri River shifted about half a mile, so when the Arabia was discovered, it was buried 45 feet under the ground of a Kansas farm. This is the exciting story of how the ship and the amazing contents were rescued.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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