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

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This book traces the dramatic history of the SS Republic, a paddlewheel steamship that sank in 1865 in a hurricane off the coast of Georgia with a reported $400,000 in gold and silver coins on board. Lost to history for 138 years, in 2003 the ship was located in deep water by Odyssey Marine Exploration of Tampa, Florida. The find has led to the recovery of more than 50,000 precious coins, worth an estimated $75 million to collectors today, plus thousands of fascinating artifacts reflecting the reunited nation just after the end of the Civil War. The story of the ship and its colorful past is mirrored by the story of the arduous search for the lost ship and the development of Odyssey, a shipwreck recovery company pioneering a new model for deep-sea archaeology.

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Discover Lost Gold!
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 story 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 before it sank, the ship was believed lost to the ages, hiding on the ocean floor far beyond the reach of divers.
In October 2003, after years of frustrating deep-sea search operations, government battles, and other unexpected hurdles, the wreck 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 a side-wheel 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 most valuable shipwreck treasure of the Civil War era.
As significant are the archaeological operations to document the deep-water site, revealing a slice of American history just a few months after the Civil War had ended.
Now the fabulous 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.
Includes 32 color pages of photographs and illustrations.
Also features an appendix on coins of the Republic by renowned numismatics historian Q. David Bowers.

About the Author:

Author is a veteran journalist with a 30-year career at National Geographic magazine, where he rose to be the Adventure and Expeditions Editor and Senior Writer. The author of several previous books, including On Assignment, USA (National Geographic Books, 1997), he lives on the banks of Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia.

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