Texas Man Finds Nazi Loot Washed Up On Galveston Beach
Whenever you take a trip to the beach, it's always interesting to find things that have washed up on the beach. Whether it's a sand dollar or something a person lost, like a ring or necklace. One Texas man found something much, much bigger.
According to KHOU in Houston, Christopher Davis claims that he found Nazi loot while searching the beaches of Galveston. Instead of finding old coke bottles Davis says that he found a rubber box-like item that had barnacles growing on it and it smelled really bad.
He knew exactly what it was. Serendipitously, the discovery was made on Memorial Day weekend. Davis had heard stories about pieces of Nazi loot lost during World War II washing up on Texas beaches. One had been found on the Padre Island National Seashore back in March.
In 1944, a German blockade runner called the SS Rio Grande was spotted by American ships off the coast of Brazil. The USS Omaha and USS Jouet fired on the Nazi ship, sending it and its cargo three miles down to the bottom of the ocean. The entire loot remained there until about three years ago when the floating bales of rubber started washing ashore. What makes the find even more exciting are the tales of Nazi treasure they may contain.
The rubber box weighed about 300 pounds which probably made Davis even more excited, wondering what was inside the rubber.
The big find? More stinky rubber. Sadly, no treasure was inside the loot that was washed up on the beach. Still, for Davis it's a great find and one he has decided to share with others according to KHOU.
"Nobody really wanted to clean an 80-year-old chunk of rubber to try to make sandals out of it," Davis said.
Since there haven’t been any takers, he’s been busy cutting cubes from the hunk of rubber, and giving the blocks to friends.
If nothing else, he at least has a smelly piece of history.