Treasure hunters return to sunken gold ship
Victoria Hewitt-Marsh, News Editor
1 May 2014, 10:01 a.m.
Deep sea exploration company, Odyssey Marine Exploration, is looking to recover gold from the SS Central America which sunk off the South Carolina coast in the 1850’s.
The ship sunk with $760,000 worth of gold on board, which is now thought to be worth many millions. The Florida-based company won the contract to revisit the sunken ship following a legal wrangle with other interested parties.
The SS Central America was a steamship which sailed between Panama and New York, carrying gold prospectors and their fortunes back from the Californian goldfields. Historians believe news of the sunken SS Central America triggered the U.S. banking crisis in 1857.