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2008-12-31 13:22:11

A would-be treasure hunter believes he has found a sunken boat carrying a fortune in gold on a ranch in South Texas and argues it is in a navigable waterway. Nathan Smith testified this week at a hearing in Houston to determine whether he should be given permission to dig, the Houston Chronicle reported. Smith, an admittedly unsuccessful musician from Los Angeles, said that he was inspired by the movie National Treasure. Is there a vessel there? I'd like to find out. Mr. Smith, as you can...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'