A wrecked WWII military vessel was discovered on the bed of Shasta Lake after water levels dropped.
The “ghost ship” was first spotted last fall when lake waters plummeted due to the California mega-drought, according to the U.S. Forest Service for Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
Forestry officials have now shared spectacular photos of the ship on the dry lake bed.
In a Facebook post accompanying the images, the US Forest Service wrote: “This boat is called ‘The Ghost Boat’. It is truly remarkable how it emerged from the lake with so many stories to tell. , and c thus it is destined to be exhibited in a museum in Nebraska.”
Shasta Lake is a large reservoir on the Sacramento River in Northern California, built in the 1930s and 1940s. It is not yet clear how the ghost ship ended up in the lake, according to forestry officials.
Their message added: “The mystery begins with the painted numbers found on the ramp when the boat was moved. It is marked ’31-17′. This confirms that it is a boat assigned to the transport of attack USS Monrovia.”
The United States Navy ship Monrovia was deployed in the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II. “This ship was Patton’s HQ during the invasion of Sicily. Eisenhower was also on this ship at that time, and it continued through 6 other D-Daytime invasions in the Pacific. It is said to have been used during of the invasion of Tarawa [in November 1943],” they wrote.
Lake Shasta, which is California’s largest reservoir, is one of many water bodies in the western United States that have been hit by drought in recent years, and 2022 is expected to be one of the driest ever recorded. According to the California Department of Water Resources, Lake Shasta is currently at 33% capacity. At this time of year, it should be around 59%.
Water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell, two reservoirs of the Colorado River, have also dropped dramatically due to the drought. Mead is at 28% capacity and Powell at 25%, as of October 11.
The effects of climate change are thought to worsen the situation in drought-stricken parts of the western United States.
“California has experienced many severe to exceptional droughts,” said Tapan Pathak, a climate adaptation specialist at the University of California Merced. Pleasemynews.
“However, climate change projections show a greater likelihood of increased frequency and intensity of droughts. There are no visible trends toward a wet or dry future in California, but the trends show a increased variability in both extremes. Which means California should be vulnerable to flooding in both sink and draw conditions.”
Lake Mead has also revealed hidden secrets as its waterline has receded: five sets of human remains have been discovered there so far this year. Most are believed to be drowning victims while one is being investigated as a potential murder.