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Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea

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Bestselling author Gary Kinder tells, for the first time, an extraordinary tale of history, maritime drama, heroic rescue, scientific ingenuity, and individual courage. This is the riveting true account of death, danger, and discovery on the high seas in the dramatic search for America's greatest lost treasure, the S.S. Central America.
Hardcover, 507 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by DIANE Publishing Company (first published 1998)
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Matt
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maritime-history
If I ever had any notions of being a treasure hunter, Gary Kinder’s Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea disabused me of them.

There is something fun and romantic in the lure of lost gold. The promise of great financial rewards upon the solving of a riddle. But as Kinder shows in his epic book, it seems mostly awful. Instead of setting sail with an old, brown-stained map, X clearly marking the spot, the modern search for treasure involves Bayesian theory, and begging investors to buy stock in your
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Pamela
EXCELLENT ***** EXCELLENT ***** EXCELLENT

Gary Kinder's Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea checks off all the boxes for a Top-Pick work of exceptional, thrilling nonfiction: Engagingly well written; scientifically and historically captivating, humanistically fascinating and reverential; verifiably accurate; meticulously researched; and downright compulsively readable, enlightening, and captivating - equally.

"Finding the treasure of the Central America was a goal, but it wasn't the purpose. The
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Julie
Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. It's about a ship that sank in the mid-1800s off the coast of the Carolinas on its way back to New York from the California Gold Rush and the search to find it and retrieve the treasure. It sat there--almost 2 miles under water and about 200 miles off the coast--until the late 1980s. The author does a great job of interweaving the stories of the lives of the people on the ship and the sinking of the ship with the story of the scientist ...more
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Ich liebe Non-Fiction und Abenteuer Bücher. "Ship of Gold" hätte also genau meine Tasse Tee sein sollen.
War es leider nicht. Es fängt noch recht stark an mit der packenden Rekonstruktion des Untergangs der SS Central America, einem Raddampfer, der neben seinen 580 Passagieren auch tonnenweise Gold transportierte und vor der Küste Floridas im Sturm sank.
Der größte Teil des 510 seitigen Buchs behandelt allerdings die Suche nach dem versunkenen Goldschiff in den 1980er Jahren, sowie die anschließ
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Rose
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On September 9, 1857, the sidewheel steamer "Central America", which was carrying passengers from the Panamanian port of Colón to New York, encountered hurricane winds and savage seas off the coast of the Carolinas. Although a sturdy ship, her sails were quickly shredded and a leak in one of the seals around the paddle wheels prevented her boiler from functioning. Captain William Herndon exhausted every means to save the stricken ship and its passengers, many of whom were on their way home from ...more
Rob Lofland
Riveting re-telling of the doomed ships' final days and the crew's desperate attempt to save it. This event would have been a fine book in itself.

But the book is far too reverential towards Tommy Thompson. He's a clever fellow and it truly is amazing what his team accomplished in the late 80's, recovering the SS Central America. But I really didn't need a full background biography through his early professional life, all the while flying around in his "Stupendous-Man" cape solving problems that
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Description: Bestselling author Gary Kinder tells, for the first time, an extraordinary tale of history, maritime drama, heroic rescue, scientific ingenuity, and individual courage. This is the riveting true account of death, danger, and discovery on the high seas in the dramatic search for America's greatest lost treasure, the S.S. Central America.



Gripping history, and who doesn't like stories of treasure. Fully recommended



There is a significant other wreck to consider in this story
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Scott Rhee
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea" by Gary Kinder reads like a Clive Cussler novel but is actually nonfiction.

Kinder tells an exciting well-researched story about the 1857 sinking of the Central America, an American passenger ship, off the coast of North Carolina. Roughly 400 people perished, and several millions of dollars worth (adjusted) of California gold was lost in treacherously deep waters. It was apparently the worst maritime disaster until the Titanic, and until the 1980s, no one knew
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Dlora
Jan 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Sarah lent me this book along with the companion pictorial coffee table book America's Lost Treasure and said I'd like it as much as Shadow Divers. That was almost true. Ship of Gold tells two stories--one of the dramatic sinking of the steamship Central America carrying passengers and gold from the goldfields of California the other story of Tommy Thompson and his amazing search to find and recover it in deep ocean water off the east coast. Gary Kindle talked about "shaping the story," which I ...more
Pamela
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
The historical background story was fascinating, and the tenacity and genius of Tommy Thompson was amazing. However as a history major and trained archivist, I thought the research and findings made by Bob Evans were astounding. It's amazing all the little stories that were tied together with this tale (such as Mark Twain) and how small historical clues gave Evans the knowledge he needed to guide the search. By the end I couldn't put the book down so that I could find out what happened. Now I re ...more
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