Over time, the lake disappeared and it is said the ship sank beneath the sands. There is every reason to believe that such a ship does or could exist. Over the ensuing centuries, stories have abounded of an ancient ship in the middle of the desert, buried and unburied by the shifting sands. And many accounts have the ship stranded not in the Salton Sea, but in the Laguna Salada, which is many miles closer to the Gulf. On a map it becomes evident how a ship could sail up the Colorado and the Rio Hardy on a high tide and then accidentally veer into the Salada during a high water year. 2 talking about this. And reports of an ancient ship in the desert, successively buried and uncovered by the shifting sands, have persisted for centuries. ... Somewhere along his travels, which included the Yuha desert, again just northwest of the Laguna Salada area, he came upon a ship, in the middle of the desert. In 1907, when yet a teen-age boy, an Elmer Carver was working for this rancher named Jacobson. The ship has remained there half-buried in the dunes for 400 years. He was returning from Laguna Salada. Vaqueros warn the ship holds a … The ship is consistently described as an open boat with round metal shields on its sides in the badlands someplace westerly of Mexicali, Mexico . For instance, he believed this legend about the "Lost Ship of Imperial Valley", buried in the desert sand, not far from El Centro, CA, USA. A cache of Viking artifacts discovered in the Arizona desert launches Scott Wolter on a quest to find a lost Viking ship that legends claim is buried somewhere in the Southwest. That is one of the most persistent legends of the far Southwest. The Viking Stories started sometime around 1900 by the Mexicans and Indians who live in the Colorado River delta region near the Laguna Salada basin. And there are wet years, even in the desert. Somewhere in the great Salton Basin, or the Laguna Salada or the delta of the Colorado River, lie the bones of an ancient ship stranded hundreds of years ago seen now and again by desert wanderers or by Indians. There is man now living in the Mexicali Valley, about 50 miles northeast of Laguna Salada, who says he saw a ship buried in the lakebed. In 1774, a mule driver named Tiburcio Manquerna supposedly stumbled across a large cache of pearls lying amidst the desert sands. The Lost Ship of the Desert is the subject of legends about ancient ships found in California's Colorado Desert.Since after the U.S. Civil War, stories have been told about buried ships hidden in the desert lands north of the Gulf of California.. A mountaineer, storm-stained and brown from farthest desert touched the town And, striding through the town held, up Above his head a … One story goes that blowing winds uncovered the ship on a ranch sometime before the turn of the twentieth century. 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