- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
In a rocky cove near Mendocino, California, divers prepare to descend into the churning waters that have led this inlet to be dubbed "the washing machine." They are in search of the remains of a clipper ship known as The Frolic which made fortunes running drugs between Bombay and China.
The story of The Frolic illuminates the 19th-century version of global connectivity, and the tale of its discovery starts with Tom Layton, an archeologist who found Chinese ceramics at an Indian village he was excavating in the California redwood forests in 1984.
GOLD RUSH DISASTER chronicles every step in the nautical mystery novel that unfolded after Layton's find, tracing the complicated career of the clipper, revealing how the storied opium runner came to grief off the California coast, and finally visiting its battered and broken remains beneath the roiling waters of the California coast.