Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea

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Random House, Inc.
The riveting true adventure and discovery of a gold-laden shipwreck and the scientific genius who recovered its treasure.

In September 1857, the S.S. Central America, carrying 500 passengers and tons of gold from the California mountains, sunk in a hurricane 200 miles off the Carolina coast. Lost in legend for more than a century, the tragic story of this shipwrecked steamer resurfaced in 1989, when Tommy Thompson, an ocean engineer, sailed into Norfolk harbour with over ten tons of gold. Using oceanography, computer science and information theory to sift through historical records and penetrate the deep sea, Thompson's team recovered mint-state coins, antique bars and sparkling gold dust from 8,000 feet below the surface of the sea -- proving everyone wrong who said it couldn't be done and establishing the first real working presence on the deep ocean floor. It was the greatest treasure ever found, with a dollar value currently estimated in the hundreds of millions.

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea is a copiously researched historical record of the initial disaster of the S.S. Central America, as well as a fascinating chronicle of technological breakthroughs. Finally, it is an incredibly exciting adventure story of how the Columbus-America Group battled massive storms, scientific challenges and intrusive salvagers on the open seas to find this fabulous lost treasure.

Publisher: Toronto : Random House, c1998
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9780679309260
Branch Call Number: 930.102804 KIN
Characteristics: 507 p. ;,24 cm.


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In 1857 the steam ship SS Central America, carrying nearly 600 passengers and 20 tons of California gold sank. The ship was lost, but nearly fifty crew members survived. The Central America remained at the bottom of the sea until it was discovered in 1989. Kinder seamlessly weaves the modern day story of the amazing technological recovery efforts together with the real life events of 1857. A fascinating and absorbing true story that will appeal to adventure readers and history buffs alike.

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