Man Overboard: Tommy Thompson, a Ship of Gold and the Columbus Investors Still Looking for Treasure

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Man Overboard: The Story of the SS Central America

Its treasure, touted as America’s greatest, is the once-lost vessel’s claim to fame, but the tragic story of the SS Central America’s demise is a tale of heroism and a captain’s valiant effort to save his ship.

Man Overboard: The Robots That Found the Ship of Gold, Then and Now

The underwater robot Tommy Thompson engineered to explore the SS Central America had less power than an iPhone does today, but it was scientific genius in 1989.

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Investors Ask: Will the Gold Ship Ever Dock?

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.

Treasure Hunt on the High Seas: The Grand Obsession of Tommy Thompson

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.

Man Overboard: Where the SS Central America Was Found

This illustration of the shipwreck’s location depicts the Central America as it would have appeared intact.
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