Gold Rush Shipwreck: Photos of a Real-Life Underwater Treasure Hunt

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Sunken Treasure

Credit: Courtesy of J. Childs, Philadelphia

In 1857, a steamship loaded with 30,000 pounds of gold sunk off the coast of South Carolina. Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., a company that specializes…Read More »

in deep-ocean exploration, is attempting to retrieve the sunken treasure from the so-called SS Central America (pictured here in a contemporary depiction of the ship's sinking).

Here are some photos of the expedition to retrieve sunken gold from the famous shipwreck.

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