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E Clampus Vitus strikes

2003-02-16 03:27:53+00 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

Source of "Sir Francis Drake" plaque hoax revealed. A famous brass plate allegedly left in Marin by Sir Francis Drake, accepted as genuine for 40 years after its discovery, was planted back in the early 1930s by members of "E Clampus Vitus", variously described as a "drinking historical society" or a "historical drinking society". I'm reluctant to link to a specific page, as these folks were something of the Cacaphony Society of the later Gold Rush era and are still active in various forms today, and I'm not sure which pages are hoaxes and which pages are real.

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