SS Central America

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Hunt Is On for Fugitive Treasure-Hunter's Loot

Investors want bounty worth millions they say Tommy Thompson got on 'Ship of Gold'

(Newser) - Deep-sea treasure hunter Tommy Thompson made headlines in 1988 when he found the legendary "Ship of Gold" (aka the USS Central America) shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina, which sank to the ocean floor with thousands of pounds of gold in 1857. Now he's in the news... More »

'One of Most Intelligent Fugitives Sought' Is Found

Treasure hunter Tommy Thompson found in a Boca Raton Hilton

(Newser) - A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said today. The US Marshals Service tracked Tommy Thompson to a Hilton hotel in West Boca Raton and... More »

1857 Shipwreck Gives Up More Gold

5 bars of gold recovered from the SS Central America in April

(Newser) - The SS Central America's watery grave 160 miles off the South Carolina coast is indeed a golden one . Odyssey Marine Exploration last month explored the wreck of the ship, which went down in 1857 laden with so much gold that its sinking triggered a national financial panic, and the... More »

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