The original Nome Gold Rush took place in and around Nome from 1899 to 1909. Early prospectors were astonished to discover measurable quantities of placer gold flakes simply lying on the sands of Nome’s beaches. Although Nome was difficult to reach at the time, these now famous “Golden Sands of Nome” offered prospectors the opportunity to strike it rich without the need for a claim and utilizing little more than a shovel, buckets, a basic sluice box and water.
On September 28th, 2011 the State of Alaska auctioned off 84 sub-sea leases in the Bering Sea just offshore from Nome at a cost of 9.3 million dollars. Blue Water Gold secured mining rights to 5 of these leases totaling 584 acres. These leases are surrounded by some of the largest gold companies in the world including AngloGold Ashanti-DeBeers and Solomon Gold, Inc.
Blue Water Gold has isolated strategic sub-sea claims just off the coast of Nome. These claims are being mined with our fleet of state of the art dredging vessels. Blue Water Gold utilizes cutting edge technology, professional divers, geologists, and the most highly skilled personnel to achieve this goal.
In 2012 Blue Water Gold fabricated and shipped the required equipment to Nome to establish our offshore mining and base camp operations to house a crew of up to six divers. We currently operate a fleet of two suction dredging vessels.
Blue Water Mining is currently working on the development of a 85′ long x 30′ wide long reach excavator barge which will become the largest piece of equipment in the Blue Water Gold/Blue Water Mining fleet to date. This vessel will be equipped with a 36 ton long reach hydraulic excavator, a vibratory wash plant with a gold centrifuge and sluice box to maximize fine gold recovery, and modular crew quarters to allow for continuous operations in all but the most extreme weather or water conditions.