Google Earth – And The Three Billion Dollar Shipwreck

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Bill the clown

http://maps.google.com/maps?f= =28.30491,-97.275352&sspn=0.040883,0.082312&g=Refugio,+TX&ie=UTF8&t=h&view=map&ei=mx-bSZrnOI_ANbva0IIN&attrid=&ll=27.854179,-97.060025&spn=0.010264,0.020578&z=16

Stories say an x marks the spot - and I see the x.

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Zazubovich

Archaeological resources tend to be part of the surface estate of the land.  Owner of surface estate may not own subsurface rights; mineral rights, water rights, oil and gas rights are all different.  Further, if it is still in the water it could be in the state or federal estate; municipal if the waters are not navigable and enclosed.  If it is plop right there on the land it could belong to the landowner-several marine sites are like this as river channels move and estuaries fill in with silt.  If it is in federal waters, the finder may be the keeper, although historic preservation laws, national claims, and insurance rights may take precedence.  It may still belong to the navy of its country of origin.

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neo1piv14

The guy who owns the property should just say he knew it was there all along, and that he kept it there for decoration. Then if the google earth guy trys to say it's his, it just becomes another property theft matter. If someone came into my apartment and took something because they said they found it first, it'd never fly. The only thing that seems to make this case different is that (A) you can see it from a satellite picture, which big whoop, you can see my house too and (B) it's worth a lot of money. If it's on someone's land, they own it. No different than if they found uranium, oil, Jimmy Hoffa.

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cc3d

I'd say that whomever owns the property now, gets the 'treasure'

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GreenTurtle

 It is a good point. I suppose the person owns the property AND everything on it (or in it Known and unknown) 

 If someone found oil on my property I wouldn't let them just come and start drilling. I would say thank-you for finding it, but wouldn't let them start drilling. And if I didn't have the means to tap the oil, I would work out some sort of deal with someone who could. I might be nice to the person who found it too though with a "finder's fee".

 Anyone going after it needs permission from the property owner anyway.

 I am glad the Judge has to work this one out and not me. LOL!!!!!!

 

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GreenTurtle

 I say finder's keeper's. But if the guy who found it can't get to it, well then whoever gets to it first seems fair.

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mike2060

Can someone point out the object of interest in the image?  I can't see anything, why would they post a picture without pointing out the shipwreck?????

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mike2060

Can someone point out the object of interest in the image?  I can't see anything, why would they post a picture without pointing out the shipwreck?????

 

EDIt: sorry somehow posted ths twice.

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