El Nino Storms Unearth 1930s Shipwreck

Strong storms that stripped sand from Coronado beaches revealed the wreckage of SS Monte Carlo, a ship that crashed onto the shore in 1936.

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An aerial image, taken on Jan. 23, 2016, shows the wreckage of SS Monte Carlo on South Coronado Beach.
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According to Joe Ditler, who has be researching the wreck for three decades, El Nino storms stripped enough sand away to reveal the rusted remains.
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There were rumors that at least $100,000 worth of silver dollars went down with the ship, Ditler said.
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The Monte Carlo was once a gambling ship where patrons could find prostitution and bootleg whiskey. It crashed onto Coronado shores in 1936.
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Two caretakers were rescued from the 300-foot ship before it washed ashore.
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Ditler took this picture when the ship reemerged in previous years.
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Ditler took this picture when the ship reemerged in previous years.
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