History Mystery on Thursday: Was the Sindia Sinking Part of a Plot?

History Mystery on Thursday: Was the Sindia Sinking Part of a Plot?

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The Sindia ran aground off 17th Street in Ocean City in 1901.

Longtime Ocean City resident and innkeeper John Loeper reviews his research on the sinking of the Sindia at the next presentation in the Ocean City Historical Museum’s Thursday night series.

Loeper will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Loeper has uncovered evidence of mystery, silver (or gold), deception, conspiracy and a clever plan gone astray. He connects the 1901 sinking of the Sindia off Ocean City’s coast to the “robber barons” of the early 20th century.

“The stories don’t fit the facts,” Loeper argues. “Too many coincidences, too many people benefitted.”

The ship was spotted where it should not have been. The wind was blowing the wrong direction for a shipwreck (according to photos). The ship had just been purchased and uniquely outfitted.

Ocean City Historical Museum has an extensive collect of Sindia artifacts and photos. Until just a few decades ago, the mast remained visible in the ocean. The audience will join the intrigue with facts, myths and speculation.