As I continue to research and write some of the stories about the Phantom Ship and the buried treasure of the Gaspe Coast, I came across a story about a shipwreck near Port Daniel in 1838.
Although it was not a big vessel, it was carrying one of the most valuable cargoes ever shipped out of London, England.
There was 40,000 pounds of currency in boxes containing one thousand sovereigns each and it was washed away in the waters of the Bay of Chaleurs.
Some was found and accounted for, but much of it disappeared. According to the old stories about the shipwreck, it was said that several of the locals filled their pockets and got rich from the tragedy.
And according to some of the folklore, there is still some of the old treasure waiting to be found at Mackerel Point.
Which for a treasure seeker could be for sure a very good thing!
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Jacques de Lesseps was a war hero, an international aviation pioneer and a celebrity. Yet, his tragic story on the Gaspe Coast has often been forgotten in the pages of our past.
In 1926 and 1927, de Lesseps photographed the Gaspe Coast often from very low altitudes and he was the first person to see the expansive beauty of the Coast from the air. He is credited with taking hundreds of breathtaking aerial photographs of the Gaspe and several of them were reproduced as postcards in the 1930s.