Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea: The History and Discovery of the World's Richest Shipwreck

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Originally published in 1998 and a best seller in its hardcover and paperback publications, Gary Kinder’s Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea tells the story of the sinking of the SS Central America, a side-wheel steamer carrying nearly six hundred passengers returning from the California Gold Rush, two hundred miles off the Carolina coast in September 1857. Over four hundred lives and twenty-one tons of California gold were lost. It was the worst peacetime disaster at sea in American history, a tragedy that ...
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Originally published in 1998 and a best seller in its hardcover and paperback publications, Gary Kinder’s Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea tells the story of the sinking of the SS Central America, a side-wheel steamer carrying nearly six hundred passengers returning from the California Gold Rush, two hundred miles off the Carolina coast in September 1857. Over four hundred lives and twenty-one tons of California gold were lost. It was the worst peacetime disaster at sea in American history, a tragedy that remained lost in legend for over a century.

In the 1980s, a young engineer from Ohio set out to do what no one, not even the U.S. Navy, had been able to do: establish a working presence on the deep ocean floor and open it to science, archaeology, history, medicine, and recovery. The SS Central America became the target of his project. After years of intensive efforts, Tommy Thompson and the Columbus-America Discovery Group found the Central America in eight thousand feet of water, and in October 1989 they sailed into Norfolk with her recovered treasure: gold coins, bars, nuggets, and dust, plus steamer trunks filled with period clothes, newspapers, books, journals, and even an intact cigar sealed under water for 130 years. Life magazine called it “the greatest treasure ever found.”

Gary Kinder tells an extraordinary tale of history, human drama, heroic rescue, scientific ingenuity, and individual courage. Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea is a testament to the human will to triumph over adversity. It is also a great American adventure story of the opening of Earth’s last frontier.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780802144256
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/20/2009
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 127,766
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2001

    Gold, Double-Eagle Excitement!

    I've read and re-read this awesome book. If ever there were a true story of deep interest to all numismatic collectors and treasure-hunters, this is it. It's beautifully narrated -- it's no cliche that you can't put it down -- it's a fact! The preceding review by Barnes & Noble about says it all; however, it's extremely difficult to describe the true excitement that this book generates! I give this book an unadulterated FIVE STARS. --

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    One of my favorite books

    Such a great tale

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2004

    Hurricane shipwreck, treasure hunt, the American dream and cutting-edge retrieval technology

    This narrative recounts the discovery and retrieval of piles of gold--gold bars, gold coins, and gold nuggets--from the SS Central America, which sank off the coast of North Carolina in a hurricane in September 1857. This was about 140 miles off the coast, on the other side of the Gulf Stream, in waters deeper than 8,000 feet. The book weaves the story of the original final voyage, sinking, rescue of survivors, loss of more than 400 passengers and crew, and loss of more that 20 tons of California Gold Rush gold, together with the search for the long-lost ship and the efforts to retrieve the treasure and many other artifacts--a major advancement in deep water technology work. This was a very long book, more than 500 pages, but well worth the read, which portrays an American tragedy redeemed by an American dreamer with boot-straps ingenuity and perseverance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    An all-time favorite

    I am an engineer by training, and I was inspired by Tommy's growth from a tinkering youngster to a disciplined and profoundly entrepreneurial engineer. In some ways, this is an interweaving of the stories of Titanic and Apollo 13. From Titanic you'll find the drama of a respected captain, a trusted vessel, and the hopes, dreams, and loves of hundreds on board--and a disaster which smashes it all. From Apollo 13 you'll find the marriage of human aspiration and human ingenuity--sometimes under unbelievable pressure--to see a project through: a project which has become greater than the sum of its parts. I've read plenty of books, and I'd say this is among the best I've read. Tommy deserves the credit and attention he's given. He earned the respect of every engineer, mariner, jurist, historian, investor, accountant and scientist he came in contact with. Now Kinder has allowed us to see his ability.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2001

    GOOD MODERN DAY TREASURE HUNT

    I like the way the author took the reader back and forth from the past to the present. It was interesting to see how much planning and inguenuity it took to accomplish the recovery of the gold. Once the treasure was found, I have to admit to having a mild case of 'gold fever' due to the vivid descriptions provided by G. Kinder. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because of the Tommy praising!!!! Alright already he certainly must walk on water, and if he doesn't he'll surely invent a way to. Inspite of the Tommy factor, this is a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2001

    Tommy, the unorthodox creative genius!

    I was most impressed by the unbelievable persistence of Tommy ... and the incredible devotion to detail involved in the recovery of the gold. Surely as much attention was paid to minutia and history as was the understandable pursuit of wealth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2001

    Riveting!

    Could not put this book down. First chapter or two was intense. The what and the how the team went through to salvage this ship was fantastic. This book has drama, history, and science.

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