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Friday, April 1, 2016

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


Written by Denise Chow

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 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.


The gold bars recovered in April 2014 during Odyssey Marine Exploration’s first reconnaissance dive to the SS Central America shipwreck were stamped with various assayer’s marks.



One of the two $20 Double Eagle coins recovered in April 2014 during Odyssey’s first reconnaissance dive to the SS Central America shipwreck site.



A depiction of the SS Central America.



Odyssey Marine Exploration recovered five gold bars from the SS Central America shipwreck on April 15, 2014.



By using advance robotics to explore deep-ocean sites, the Odyssey crew is able to work around the clock with limitless bottom time. Above, Odyssey's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) ZEUS returns to the surface following work on a deep-ocean shipwreck site.



The Odyssey Explorer serves as Odyssey's principal state-of-the-art deep-ocean archaeological platform.



Odyssey's eight-ton Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) ZEUS is launched from the ship's deck. The ROV descends to the ocean floor to conduct work on a deep-ocean shipwreck sites while operation is directed by the archaeologist and project manager aboard the Odyssey Explorer.

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