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Doomed ship of gold's ghostly picture gallery plucked from seabed

Section: Daily Dispatches

By Dalya Alberge
The Observer / The Guardian, London
Sunday, February 27, 2022

It is one of the most famous treasure wrecks ever discovered, a steamer named the "ship of gold" after it sank in 1857 off the coast of South Carolina with one of the largest cargoes of gold ever lost at sea. 

Miners who had struck it rich in the California gold rush were among those bringing home to New York their hard-earned wealth, only to lose their lives when the SS Central America was struck by a hurricane, sinking nearly a mile and a half beneath the waves.

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When nuggets, ingots, and coins were recovered from the seabed in various expeditions between 1988 and 2014, the world was dazzled. But, with reported values of tens of millions of pounds it sparked a complex legal case that landed its original treasure hunter in jail.

Now Dr. Sean Kingsley, a British maritime archaeologist, is focusing attention on another facet of the recovered artefacts: an astonishing collection of 19th-century portraits that somehow survived at the bottom of the Atlantic.

He told the Observer: "Glass plate photos had preserved the faces of miners, merchants, and their families, staring up at the living from the seabed."

The portraits are eerie but beautiful. These were the loved ones of those who had been on a ship that sank 150 miles from the Carolina coast with the loss of 425 lives. A judge and a comedian were among the passengers. ...

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