Bugħaddas isib il-Mudell T tar-rum-runners fix-xmara

Ford Mudell T (Pxfuel)
Ford Mudell T (Pxfuel)

A għadis għalliem has found the remains of a 1920s Model T Ford car thought to have belonged to US Prohibition-era bootleggers, following a challenging river dive near the Canadian city of Windsor.

Matt Zuidema, who has been diving for 30 years, located and filmed the car after being contacted by National Geographic through Windsor Port Authority. The producers of the TV series Ixxotta L-Oċeani were looking for sunken evidence of historic organized crime activity, and the diver’s discovery forms part of an episode called Żieda Tal-Mob.

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Zuidema kien qed jogħdos fix-Xmara Detroit, li tgħaddi 24 mil mill-Lag St Clair sal-Lag Erie u tifforma parti mill-fruntiera bejn l-Istati Uniti u l-Kanada, li tifred Windsor, Ontario minn Detroit, Michigan.

Kien ilu hemm xnigħat fost l-għaddasa lokali ta’ Mudell T bi karru warajh iħares fuq ix-xmara ħdejn is-sit ta’ impjant tal-Klabb Kanadiż f’Windsor.

Zuidema recalled another diver telling him about the car wreck back in the 1980s, and agreed to take a look. GoPro footage he took on discovering the vehicle was used by automobile experts to confirm the make and model, and features in the programme. 

Rum-ġiri

Ir-runners tar-rum isuqu l-alkoħol mill-Kanada fuq ix-Xmara Detroit iffriżata f'Diċembru 1929 (Librerija Walter P Reuther, Arkivji tax-Xogħol u Affarijiet Urbani, Wayne State University)
Ir-runners tar-rum isuqu l-alkoħol mill-Kanada fuq ix-Xmara Detroit iffriżata f'Diċembru 1929 (Librerija Walter P Reuther, Arkivji tax-Xogħol u Affarijiet Urbani, Wayne State University)

Matul l-era tal-Projbizzjoni ta 'l-Istati Uniti bejn l-1920 u l-1933, Detroit saret iċ-ċentru ta' operazzjonijiet ta '"rum-running", hekk kif organizzazzjonijiet kriminali bħall-fama Purple Gang ikkuntrabandu kwantitajiet kbar ta' alkoħol madwar il-fruntiera. Ix-xmara, il-Lag St Clair u x-Xmara St Clair huma maħsuba li kienu jammontaw għal 75% tal-likur tal-bootleg kollu li sab ruħu fl-Istati Uniti. 

Fl-impjant qrib fejn instabet il-Mudell T ġew distillati ammonti kbar ta’ alkoħol tal-kuntrabandu – sidha Hiram Walker, ħabib ta’ Henry Ford, kien minn Detroit iżda kien stabbilixxa fuq in-naħa Kanadiża tax-xmara, fejn l-art kienet tiswa inqas.

There were no bridges over, or tunnels under, the Detroit River at that time, so bootleggers would carry the contraband in boats in summer, and in winter used cars to cross the thick ice that a century ago would form over the river.

Overloaded vehicles were known to have fallen through the ice, as would have occurred with the car Zuidema found. Chain he recovered from the scene was likely used to link the car to a trailer, boosting the load capacity but increasing the risk.

Adsa ta’ sfida

Skont Zuidema, ix-Xmara Detroit hija ta’ sfida biex tgħaddas, b’kurrenti ta’ 5 knot, diversi saffi li joħolqu undertow b’saħħtu u viżibilità tipikament ftit aktar minn 30cm – jew 1.5m “f’ġurnata tajba”.

L-għadis rikreattiv huwa pprojbit fix-xmara bejn iż-żewġt ibliet minħabba tħassib dwar is-sikurezza - iżda wkoll, jgħidu l-pulizija, minħabba l-ammont ta 'evidenza kriminali storika li jżommu l-ilmijiet.

Windsor jara minn Detroit (Ken Lund)
Windsor ħares lejn ix-xmara minn Detroit (Ken Lund)

Jekk jinkiseb permess speċjali għall-għaddas, bħalma kien il-każ ma' Zuidema, għandu jiġi ingaġġat kopertura professjonali biex jiġi żgurat li l-għaddas ma jaħdimx mit-traffiku jew il-kurrenti tad-dgħajsa. Is-sejbiet huma proprjetà tal-gvern Kanadiż.

Zuidema says he believes other rum-runner vehicles have yet to be found in the river. Many were likely to have been Model Ts – mass-produced by Ford between 1908 and 1927, these were the world’s first widely affordable cars. Fifteen million were sold, the last models priced at $360 (about £4,500 today).

Ixxotta L-Oċeani: Rise Of The Mob, ippreżentat mill-istoriku tal-kriminalità Christian Cipollini, jeżamina kif firxa ta 'evidenza li ilha moħbija taħt l-ilma tista' tiżvela kif il-Mob prospera fl-Amerika tas-snin 1920. Id-dokumentarju jixxandar fuq Disney+ fir-Renju Unit nhar il-Ħadd 7 Mejju, u huwa disponibbli fuq YouTube bil- sottoskrizzjoni.

Ukoll fuq Diversnet: Scuba Diver Spots Teżor Fix-Xmara Cornish, Weapon Finds Punctuate Divers’ SAR Taħriġ, Meg Diver: Bill’s Big-Tooth Adventures, Għaddasa Iżraeljani Fuq Missjoni tax-Xmara Fl-Ungerija

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Bob
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Dak ir-ritratt tal-karozza huwa Mudell A Ford mibnija 1928 -1931. Mudell T. Jidher totalment differenti. Xi ħadd uża r-ritratt tal-istokk ħażin

Howard Hope
Howard Hope
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Sempliċement biex ngħidu... dik hija Ford A Mudell aktar tard fl-immaġni tal-intestatura. Il-b/w tal-karozza li taqsam il-lag iffriżat IS Mudell T! Għadni kemm rajt li Bob diġà poġġiet l-istess.

windsorites
windsorites
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Artiklu tal-1927 fil-Border Cities Press jirrakkonta l-iffriżar profond li kien niżel ix-xitwa kienet għadha ma kinitx daqshekk severa daqs dik lura fl-1903, fejn ix-xmara kienet tant viċin li tkun iffriżata li r-residenti kurjużi setgħu jidhru jidħlu fuq is-silġ iffriżat iżda il-qsim tagħhom ġie evitat ħdejn il-kanal fejn laneċ kienet ħadmet bħala icebreaker biex iżomm il-kopertura milli tiffriża.

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