Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea

The History and Discovery of the World's Richest Shipwreck
Product Number: EB00645624
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781555847968
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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Description

"Titanic meets Tom Clancy technology" in this national-bestselling account of the SS Central America's wreckage and discovery (People). September 1875. With nearly six hundred passengers returning from the California Gold Rush, the side-wheel steamer SS Central America encountered a violent storm and sank two hundred miles off the Carolina coast. More than four hundred lives and twenty-one tons of gold were lost. It was a tragedy lost in legend for more than a century-until a brilliant young engineer named Tommy Thompson set out to find the wreck. Driven by scientific curiosity and resentful of the term "treasure hunt," Thompson searched the deep-ocean floor using historical accounts, cutting-edge sonar technology, and an underwater robot of his own design. Navigating greedy investors, impatient crewmembers, and a competing salvage team, Thompson finally located the wreck in 1989 and sailed into Norfolk with her recovered treasure: gold coins, bars, nuggets, and dust, plus steamer trunks filled with period clothes, newspapers, books, and journals. A great American adventure story, Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea is also a fascinating account of the science, technology, and engineering that opened Earth's final frontier, providing "white-knuckle reading, as exciting as anything . . . in The Perfect Storm" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). "A complex, bittersweet history of two centuries of American entrepreneurship, linked by the mad quest for gold." -Entertainment Weekly "A ripping true tale of danger and discovery at sea." -The Washington Post "What a yarn! . . . If you sign on for the cruise, go in knowing that you're going to miss meals and a lot of sleep." -Newsweek

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Author(s): Gary Kinder
Original Publish Date: Oct 20, 2009

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