Platinum Cannon Shipwreck
Author's note- What you read here may seem incredible, impossible and/or highly unlikely...but keep an open mind....every word is true. If I had not had an open mind when this advernture first begain in 1996, I would have ignorantly walked away from one of the most interesting and exciting shipwreck stories of the 20th Century.....
The question which one should ask after review of his research is not
whether one can produce precious metals by low energy nuclear transmutation
but to what level will this technology expand.
Excerpts from The Platinum Cannon Shipwreck
"The "treasure" is comprised of two types of materials: Silver-colored metallic artifacts such as cannons, cannonballs, dore bars, ingots and other assorted objects; and a grayish-tan dry chemical, hardened by almost 200 years of salt-water submersion into the shape of the wooden barrels that had housed it before rotting away. The artifacts, at first glance, appeared to be simply metal and a limestone compound. But oddly enough very few people could agree on exactly what they were used for, or for that matter, even what they were made of. That was one of the first oddities that caught my attention after my early meeting with Michael. It seemed to me that metal is metal, often made up of different elements in combination, but metal none-the-less. So why couldn't our 20th Century science conclusively identify the metals that were produced almost 200 years ago by more primitive scientists then ours? According to Dayne Chastain a retired metallurgist in Oklahoma it was because "The Spanish could do amazing things with metals but their technology has been lost", but I was not to talk to Dayne for yet another month."
"As the hours passed a stream of documents continued to flow into my hands. One that especially caught my interest was written on the letterhead of Dayne Chastain and Associates that took the figures from the German Institute Assay and multiplied the per ounce value of each of the elements times the number of ounces in the 2,900 pound carronade. The total value on the precious metals came to $13,612,954.00. That was a lot of money for a cannon and I was beginning to see why Michael remained interested in selling his artifacts despite the fact that he was unsuccessful for 6 years."
was on the letterhead of Bremer Technology Corporation located in Las
Veas, Nevada. This was addressed to "Mr. Fisher". I had heard
of Mel Fisher through a couple of TV specials and news reports about
him, so his involvement in the project caught my attention.
I got them from the water I set them in my yard. I asked my Haitian
gardener to clean them off and went to town. When I came back I couldn't
believe my eyes…he had gouged these holes in them. I yelled at him 'What
did you do to my cannons?' He replied, 'I didn't do nothin', Michael,
I just tap dis wit' my machete and pieces fall off.'" Michael explained
to me that the craters seemed to be filled with some sort of metallic
putty to fair out the cannons so that they were straight, fair and smooth.
"Once the samples
were sent off, we eagerly awaited the results. The first phone call
from Walter was a complete surprise that left me completely baffled
and just a bit worried.
"He went on
to talk about a man by the name of Dr. Merkle who was producing an organic
crystaline compound that was being used by people who had debilitating
diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. He mentioned his brother
who was having great success in the battling of his diabetes using this
crystal formula, but emphasized that he is not able to make any claims.
This turned out to be one more coincidence- I was to find out later
that Dayne and Dr. Merkle had worked together on a project and had testified
before a Senate committee on the utilization of polymer in the recovery
"It was mid-September and the package was sitting on my desk when I got in from lunch. It was from Dayne and inside there was a hand-written message on yellow-lined paper that said "David, I ran across this in cleaning out my bookshelf. I thought I had put this in the O.U.(Oklahoma University) package. I'm glad I didn't. It tells a lot about the Pt. Metals and their complexes. I'm sure it will interest you." The package was a surprise to me as I was not aware that he was going to send me anything. I opened it up and it was a spiral-bound manuscript, zerox-copied and about 80 pages long. It was called 20th- Century Alchemy. I began to read the preface- "Twentieth Century Alchemy is a publication which covers the debate which has plagued man for milleniums. 'Can one cause an element to change from itself to another by a chemical reaction?" Well, my good friend, Dr. John O'M Bockris from Texas A&M University is now conjuring a new breed of scientists fluttering throughout their laboratories adorned in their black robes, wearing conical hats with their pet horned toads, sprinkling elixir on lead to convert it to gold.""
"After I answered his questions, he explained his theory to me. He believed that the "limestone" material, and not the metal artifacts, was the important discovery and that it was actually an elixir used by the Spanish to convert base metals into precious metals. He cautioned me that this wasn't definite, but that a lot of the facts seemed to point in that direction. He also suggested that there was a good chance that the cannons and artifacts had merely a thin layer of platinum covering them. He speculated that this might have been a chemical reaction which was a result of the close proximity of the elixir to the artifacts mixing with a small electrical current naturally produced by salt water. He theorized that over a period of 200 years the iron may have been transformed into a thin layer of precious metals that was identified by the assays performed over the previous six years."
entering the crux of this memorandum please allow me the opportunity
to state that the story regarding your discovery is fascinating.
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