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Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea (urspr publ 1998; utgåvan 1999)

av Gary Kinder

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A chronicle of recent successful attempts to salvage a ship that sank in 1857 carrying gold from the rich California mines follows a group of adventurers who took great risks to reap billions in sunken treasure.
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Titel:Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea
Författare:Gary Kinder
Info:Vintage (1999), Paperback, 560 pages
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A great non-fiction read about the search for and recovery of the USS Central America, sunk in 1857 in the Atlantic, about 300 miles off the coast of Virginia. The gold coins and bars recovered were the largest monetary recovery to date. ( )
  Tess_W | Sep 6, 2020 |
Very enjoyable book, though I felt it was overly long. It was a bit of a slog early on with all the stories of the various passengers. Same for some of the periods spent while Tommy Thompson and his crew were on the sea. Some deeper editing might have made it more enjoyable from that standpoint, but the author did a good job of conveying the feeling of being on the Central America in 1857 as well as being on the recovery ships in the 1980's. As I got deeper and deeper into the story, it was very hard to put down and stop reading. And I loved sharing bits of the story with friends. Tommy Thompson is a fascinating character, and an inspiring one as well. Also, learning some of the history about the 1849 California gold rush and the options people had then to join it was similarly enlightening.

It's a bit surprising that this book and its story have never been made into a movie. To me, all of the elements are there: interesting characters, history, a treasure hunt, good guys vs bad guys, legal drama, battles with the elements, and a good ending. Maybe some day ... ( )
  tgraettinger | Jan 5, 2020 |
Buried under a morass of details, which others may appreciate more than I, was the saga of the U.S.S. Central America, a paddle steamer bringing folks from the California Gold Rush, in 1857 from Panama with final destination New York. A devastating hurricane sunk the ship and only 159 of the 600+ people on board were rescued. Captain Herndon went down with his ship and there is a today a memorial to him at Annapolis. Also was the story of Tommy Thompson of Ohio, an eccentric scientist and inventor, who was in charge of its deep sea salvage of all the personal objects and gold that had been on board. We follow how Tommy and his team obtain funding, find the coordinates where the ship had gone down, find a suitable boat to use and from it to do their recovery in 1988. Fascinating look at deep sea exploration, not only of old ships and their contents but the discovery of previously unknown species of sea life. It was much too detailed for my taste. There was a drawing of the Central America but no index and no map of the route taken. I regret the lack of both; to me an index greatly enhances the value of a nonfiction book and with the map I could have followed along much more easily. ( )
  janerawoof | Nov 21, 2019 |
The most fascinating part of this story is that it's still unfolding; the book ends in the early 90s, but there is turmoil and conflict even today. ( )
  schufman | Jul 20, 2019 |
I think what impressed me most is that while depending on the treasure aspect for funding the whole project Tommy Thompson was excited by what could be learned, both technically from working at that depth, but also scientifically and archaeologically by doing it right. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Aug 12, 2018 |
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For Kristin and Lindsay from whom but a smile is worth more to me than all the gold on the Central America
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