SHIP OF GOLD IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA.

Kinder, Gary.

Published by New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1989.)
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. "In September 1857, the SS Central America, a side-wheeler carrying 600 passengers returning from the California Gold Rush, foundered in a hurricane and sank 200 miles off the Carolina coast. Over 400 lives and 21 tons of California gold were lost. In the 1980s, a young engineer from Ohio [Tommy Thompson] set out to do what no one had been able to do: establish a working presence on the deep-ocean floor. October 1989 they sailed into Norfolk with the recovered treasure: gold coins, bars, nuggets, and dust, plus steamer trunks filled with period clothes, newspapers, books and journals and even an intact cigar." This is the fascinating story of both the disaster at sea, based on eyewitness accounts, and of the most incredible efforts to recover the 'greatest treasure ever found.' Frontispiece, SIGNED on the title page by Kinder. 507 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Bestselling author Gary Kinder tells, for the first time, an extraordinary tale of history, maritime drama, heroic rescue, scientific ingenuity, and individual courage. Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea is the riveting true account of death, danger, and discovery on the high seas in the dramatic search for America's greatest lost treasure.

In September 1857, the side-wheel streamer S.S. Central America, carrying five hundred passengers and tons of gold from the mountains of California, sank in a hurricane off the Carolina coast. Lost in legend for more than a century, the tragic story resurfaced in 1989, when Tommy Thompson, a brilliant ocean engineer, sailed into Norfolk harbor with more than ten tons of pioneer gold. Using a combination of oceanography, computer science, and information theory to sift through historical records and penetrate the deep sea, Thompson's team had recovered the mint-state coins, antique bars, and sparkling gold dust from 8,000 feet below the surface of the sea -- proving wrong everyone who said it couldn't be done and establishing mankind's first real working presence on the deep ocean floor. It was, as Life magazine proclaimed, "the greatest treasure ever found", and its dollar value has currently been estimated in the hundreds of millions.

This AudioBook is a copiously historical record of the disaster, rendered in chilling detail with diaries from the survivors and eyewitness accounts, as well as newspaper reports from the worst peacetime at-sea disaster in American history. It is a chronicle of the technological breakthrough in which deep-sea robots were developed to perform complex work. And it is an incredibly exciting adventure story of how ateam of scientists and engineers, the Columbus-America Discovery Group, battled massive storms, technological challenges, and intrusive salvagers on the open seas to find the lost treasure. It is a fascinating story both of the power of the human will to succeed and of technological triumph.

Product Description: In 1857, the "SS Central America," a side-wheel steamer carrying nearly six hundred passengers returning from the California Gold Rush, foundered in a hurricane and sank off the Carolina coast. Over four hundred lives and twenty-one tons of gold were lost.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 scientific discovery. After years of intensive effort, Tommy Thompson and the Columbus-America Discovery Group found the "Central-America" in eight thousand feet of water, and in October of 1989 they sailed into Norfolk with her recovered treasure.Here is the story of both the victims and heroes of the disaster, and the visionary team that opened Earth's last frontier.

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Title: SHIP OF GOLD IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA.
Publisher: New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1989.)

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