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Datebook: September 23 – Merchant Royal lost at sea 370 years ago

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The Merchant Royal, or Royal Merchant, was a 17th century English merchant ship lost at sea off Land’s End, Cornwall in rough weather on September 23, 1641. On board were at least 100,000 pounds of gold, 400 bars of Mexican silver, and nearly 500,000 pieces of eight and other coins, making it one of the most valuable wrecks of all times, with an estimated value of over one billion US dollars today. The Odyssey Marine Exploration company has tried for several years to locate the wreck but has been unsuccessful thus far. There’s a tremendous bounty of riches to be found… somewhere in the ocean.

It’s Friday, September 23

The Piney Campground 38th Annual Camper’s Fair is underway through Sunday. Piney is on the south end of LBL in Tennessee. Make reservations at

The Murray Walk to Defeat ALS is tomorrow at MSU’s CFSB Center. Check in begins at 8, the Walk at 9 and the 5K Run at 9:15. See details at

First Christian Church Paris fundraises for victims of severe drought in East Africa tonight at 7. Tickets cost $25 for Wine To Water at the Vandyck’s home the historic Porter House, 407 North Dunlap with dancing, food, and live music. Both wine and non-acoholic beverages available. Call 731-642-3181 for tickets.

LBL’s 18th Annual National Public Land’s day is tomorrow with free admission to Homeplace, Woodlands Nature Station, Elk & Bison Prairie and the Golden Pond Planetarium show at 1 p.m. Wranglers Campground waives day-use riding fees. Also volunteer for shore line clean up or trail maintenance. See online.

Enjoy the weekend with Ciao.


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