SS Monte Carlo
SS Monte Carlo wreck visible at low tide near Coronado Shores 30 January 2010
|Name:||SS McKittrick (1921–1936)
Monte Carlo (1936–1937)
Monte Carlo was anchored 3 miles (4.8 km) off Coronado Beach in San Diego where it was in international waters, outside the boundary of state and federal law. During a storm on New Year's Day in 1937 the anchor lost its hold and the ship drifted onto the beach in front of what is now the El Camino Tower of the Coronado Shores condos. No one claimed ownership because, once on shore, this gambling and prostitution ship was illegal.
What is left of the wreck is still there today, but usually a few feet underwater. It can be seen at low tide, and is also exposed from time to time during strong storm tides. There has been speculation[by whom?] since the grounding that there may be $150,000 worth of silver dollar coins still in the slot machines.
- Graham, David E. (2 January 2007). "Busting the House". Union Tribune.
- "S.S. Monte Carlo shipwreck". Wikimapia.
- "Photo of SS Monte Carlo". San Diego Historical Society. 1937.
- LaFee, Scott (31 January 2010). "Tide, storms expose gaming ship". Union Tribune.
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