SHIP OF GOLD IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA THE HISTORY AND DISCOVERY OF THE WORLDS RICHEST SHIPWRECK

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Ship Of Gold In The Deep Blue Sea

Author : Gary Kinder
ISBN : 155584796X
Genre : Transportation
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“Titanic meets Tom Clancy technology” in this national-bestselling account of the SS Central America’s wreckage and discovery (People). September 1875. With nearly six hundred passengers returning from the California Gold Rush, the side-wheel steamer SS Central America encountered a violent storm and sank two hundred miles off the Carolina coast. More than four hundred lives and twenty-one tons of gold were lost. It was a tragedy lost in legend for more than a century—until a brilliant young engineer named Tommy Thompson set out to find the wreck. Driven by scientific curiosity and resentful of the term “treasure hunt,” Thompson searched the deep-ocean floor using historical accounts, cutting-edge sonar technology, and an underwater robot of his own design. Navigating greedy investors, impatient crewmembers, and a competing salvage team, Thompson finally located the wreck in 1989 and sailed into Norfolk with her recovered treasure: gold coins, bars, nuggets, and dust, plus steamer trunks filled with period clothes, newspapers, books, and journals. A great American adventure story, Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea is also a fascinating account of the science, technology, and engineering that opened Earth’s final frontier, providing “white-knuckle reading, as exciting as anything . . . in The Perfect Storm” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). “A complex, bittersweet history of two centuries of American entrepreneurship, linked by the mad quest for gold.” —Entertainment Weekly “A ripping true tale of danger and discovery at sea.” —The Washington Post “What a yarn! . . . If you sign on for the cruise, go in knowing that you’re going to miss meals and a lot of sleep.” —Newsweek
Category: Transportation

America S Lost Treasure

Author : Tommy Thompson
ISBN : 0871137321
Genre : Social Science
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In more than 250 photographs, drawings, and illustrations, "America's Lost Treasure" chronicles the sinking and recovery of the "Central America", the subject of "The New York Times" bestseller "Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea".
Category: Social Science

Treasures Of The Spanish Main

Author : John Christopher Fine
ISBN : 9781461748847
Genre : History
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This is a story about the lust for gold and treasure," Fine writes. In the 1600s and 1700s, Spain dominated the oceans with its fleet of galleons. Coming to the New World, these ships filled their holds with gold and silver and treasures beyond imagining. The seaway between Spain and the New World was dubbed The Golden Highway. On their journeys back across the seas, many were wrecked on reefs or destroyed by hurricanes. The watery depths now hold their treasures. Today, treasure divers seek their fortunes by attempting--sometimes successfully, sometimes fatally--to retrieve these hordes of riches. In Treasures of the Spanish Main, readers relive each voyage of long ago as well as witness the modern wreck diver's efforts to extract their secrets. Included are: The 1622 fleet * The Concepcion * The Maravillas * The Shipwreck off Jupiter Beach * The San Jose * the 1715 Fleet * and the 1733 Fleet The voyages of centuries ago come alive with Fine's excellent historical detail. Readers will experience the wild storms and the results of unfortunate choices made by long-ago sailors. The eccentric treasure hunters of today, along with those of the past, create a mosaic of suspense and drama on the high seas. A must for everyone interested in pirates, treasure, sailing, history, or just plain fun.
Category: History

Lost Gold Of The Republic

Author : Priit Vesilind
ISBN : 1933034068
Genre : History
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In 1865, the paddlewheel SS "Republic" encountered a hurricane and, along with its cargo of $400,000 in gold and silver coins, broke apart, and sank. In 2003, the collection of coins--now valued at an estimated $75 million--was recovered. Recently seen as a PBS "National Geographic" special entitled "Civil War Gold," the full story of the ship is now told in book form.
Category: History

Ancient Treasures

Author : Brian Haughton
ISBN : 9781601635488
Genre : History
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Why are so many people fascinated by treasure? Is it purely a desire for wealth, or is it also the romantic appeal of tales of lost ancient artifacts? It is certainly true that the stories behind the loss and recovery of a number of ancient treasures read like edge-of-the-seat fiction, somewhere between Indiana Jones and James Bond. In Ancient Treasures, you will read fascinating stories of lost hoards, looted archaeological artifacts, and sunken treasures, including: * The Sevso Treasure, a hoard of large silver vessels from the late Roman Empire--estimated to be worth $200 million--looted in the 1970s and sold on the black market. * The Amber Room, a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors, stolen by the Nazis in 1941 and brought to the castle at Konigsberg in Russia, from which it disappeared. * The fabulous wealth of Roman and Viking hoards buried in the ground for safekeeping, only to be unearthed centuries later by humble metal detectorists. * The wrecks of the Spanish Treasure Fleets, whose New World plunder has been the target of elaborate salvage attempts by modern treasure hunters.
Category: History

Spanish Dollars And Sister Republics

Author : Tatiana Seijas
ISBN : 9781442265219
Genre : History
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Spanish Dollars and Sister Republics traces the linked history of the new nations of Mexico and the United States from the 1770s to the 1860s. Tatiana Seijas and Jake Frederick highlight the common challenges facing both countries in their early decades of independence by exploring the creation of coin money. The remarkable story begins when both countries chose the Spanish piece of eight (silver coin) as their monetary standard. The authors examine how each nation instituted its own currency, designed coins to represent its national ideals, and then spent decades trying to establish the legitimacy of its money. Readers learn about the creation and circulation of money through the stories of a banker in Philadelphia, a Mexican general in Texas, a surveyor in Sonora, and others. The focus on individuals provides an engaging window into the economic history of Mexico and the United States. Seijas and Frederick show how the creation of U.S. dollars and Mexican pesos paralleled these countries’ efforts to establish enduring political and economic systems, illustrating why these nations closed the nineteenth century on very different historical trajectories.
Category: History

Florida S Shipwrecks

Author : Michael Barnette
ISBN : 0738567396
Genre : History
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Florida boasts a rich maritime history.
Category: History

Treasure Hunter

Author : Robert MacKinnon
ISBN : 9780425253632
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A dive caption chronicles his experiences diving for sunken treasure in the dangerous waters off Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast, which have hosted numerous shipwrecks since the 1700s due to the area's powerful currents and jagged reefs.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Victim

Author : Gary Kinder
ISBN : 9781555847975
Genre : True Crime
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Now a classic of true crime, Victim is a compelling and tragic look at how lives can be changed forever by a random act of violence. During an armed robbery, several hostages were brutally tortured, shot in the head, and left for dead. Victim focuses on the members of one family — including a mother who died after the attack and a son who was left barely alive — as they fought for his survival and struggled to rebuild their lives. Victim was the first book to go beyond the headlines and statistics about violent crime, to tell the victims' dramatic story of love, loss and courage. It remains one of the most influential books in the victims' rights movement and has become required reading in criminology courses across the country. It may be more relevant now than ever. "Victim is Truman Capote's In Cold Blood turned inside out." — Newsweek; "Just as Capote did, Kinder has somehow created a story that is truer than true." — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Category: True Crime