Can Columbus finally wash its hands of treasure hunter Tommy Thompson and the Ship of Gold?
When Battelle-geek-turned-treasure-hunter Tommy Thompson and his Columbus-America Discovery Group astonished the world by lifting more than two tons of gold from the bottom of the ocean in 1988 and ’89, scores of Columbus high rollers celebrated what they thought was the investment of a lifetime. Estimates of the ultimate take ranged as high as $1 billion.
How a quiet Battelle engineer assembled a who's-who of Columbus investors, found the sunken ship Central America and began to lift from the ocean floor untold millions of dollars' worth of gold. This story written by Herb Cook Jr. was originally published in the December 1989 issue of Columbus Monthly.
This illustration of the shipwreck’s location depicts the Central America as it would have appeared intact.
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