South Carolina: Sunken Garden Of Gold

Sunken Garden Of Gold

In 1857, on its 44th voyage carrying passengers and gold from Panama to New York, the S.S. Central America ran into a killer hurricane and sank in 8,000 ft. of water 200 miles off the South Carolina coast. On board were an estimated 77,000 ounces of gold bullion worth at least $28 million today. Last week a salvage syndicate that located the wreck two years ago began recovering what engineer Thomas Thompson, 37, said was "like the classic sunken treasures you read about as a kid. It is like a garden of gold growing from the bottom and hanging from beams....

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