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Gold Rush Ghost Ships

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A sternwheeler on the Yukon sinking.
In late spring, when the first rays of sunshine melt the ice on the rivers and lakes of northwestern Canada, wooden skeletons begin to emerge. The haunting wrecks of the once-proud paddle-steamers are the last remnants of a truly intoxicating era, when thousands of men and women plunged into the adventure of a lifetime in hot pursuit of gold. Now, a team of underwater archaeologists and historians explore this sunken fleet.

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