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

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

By Michelle Sullivan Saturday November 1, 2014 11:48 AM

Though the SS Central America lies in the Atlantic 790 miles from Columbus, it has been part of the city’s vernacular since 1989, when a brilliant, eccentric engineer beat the odds and lugged tons of previously unreachable gold from the shipwreck to the surface. The legal firestorm unleashed by the discovery rages on today, an ugly story that showed no sign of ending—until this summer, when a fresh excursion to the wreck moved the needle closer to closure for the dozens of people who gave money, time and passion to the project. Can Columbus finally wash its hands of treasure hunter Tommy Thompson and the Ship of Gold?

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