Lost Gold of the Republic: The Remarkable Quest for the Greatest Shipwreck Treasure of the Civil War Era

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Come along on the search for the greatest shipwreck treasure of the Civil War era.

This book traces the story of a remarkable steamship sunk in 1865 in a deadly storm 100 miles off the coast of Georgia and the equally fascinating tale of the decade-long search for the lost ship by Greg Stemm and John Morris, two modern pioneers of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration.

The reason for their persistence: reports that the steamship's cargo, bound from ...

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Overview

Come along on the search for the greatest shipwreck treasure of the Civil War era.

This book traces the story of a remarkable steamship sunk in 1865 in a deadly storm 100 miles off the coast of Georgia and the equally fascinating tale of the decade-long search for the lost ship by Greg Stemm and John Morris, two modern pioneers of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration.

The reason for their persistence: reports that the steamship's cargo, bound from New York to New Orleans after the Civil War, included a fortune in gold and silver coins. The two men knew that the money, if found, would be of heart-stopping value to today's collectors.

But the SS Republic's last location was unknown. After being tossed for days by a hurricane, the ship was believed lost to the ages, hiding beneath the Gulf Stream far beyond the reach of divers.

In October 2003, after years of frustrating deep-sea search operations, government battles, and other unexpected hurdles, the shipwreck was discovered by Stemm and Morris's company, Odyssey Marine Exploration. The long-time partners encountered King Midas's dream: a field of glittering coins, seen on their robot's deep-water camera, strewn across the ocean floor near the wreck of the sidewheel steamship.

More than 51,000 coins and 13,000 artifacts have been recovered, creating tremendous excitement for collectors around the world. The total collection has an estimated retail value of over $75 million - the greatest shipwreck treasure of the Civil War era.

As significant are the archaeological operations that bring the SS Republic's past to light, revealing a slice of long-hidden American history - the country's emergence from the turmoil of the long Civil War.

Now the remarkable tale of the lost shipwreck and the deep-ocean pioneers that found it is told for the first time in book form. Lost Gold of the Republic delivers a thrilling nautical yarn of immense risk and even greater rewards.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933034065
  • Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
  • Publication date: 8/15/2005
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: An Odyssey Begins 1
Chapter 1 Riding the Blue God 13
Chapter 2 The Adventures of the Tennessee 19
Chapter 3 Seahawk 39
Chapter 4 New Orleans & the Civil War 65
Chapter 5 The Trial 87
Chapter 6 The Perfect Hurricane 107
Chapter 7 The Search for a Phantom 133
Chapter 8 Plantation Bitters & Greenback Speculators 167
Chapter 9 The Excavation Begins 185
Chapter 10 A World of Gold 215
Epilogue: Gods & Heroes 237
Appendix A Timeline of the SS Republic 247
Appendix B Coins of the SS Republic 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2005

    A non-stop read.

    Just finished reading Lost Gold of the Republic. Got so caught up on the Civil War period of history intertwined with the story of the Odyssey 'family' that I read right through the book in two days and passed it on to my huband. We both felt as if we lived through the times and strugles depicted in this adventure. A well written, exciting and compelling story. We highly recommend this book. The Gordons

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