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The Pearl Ship of Juan De Iturbe (1615)
Always reported close to the sand hills west of El Centro, CA., the Pearl Ship might be the same ship as the Lost Galleon (see – below). However, the descriptions seem to describe a Spanish ship more the size of one of Columbus’s small Caravels. The story goes that in 1615, Spanish explorer Juan De Iturbe sailed a shallow-drafted caravel up the Gulf of California and a high tidal bore carried him across a strait into Lake Cahuilla, which was in the process of drying up. Unable to sail out again, Iturbe beached his craft and made his way back to the nearest Spanish settlement, leaving behind a fortune in black pearls.