Treasure hunter Bob Evans will once again set sail for the remains of SS Central America, a ship believed to hold the largest sunken treasure in US history.
23 years ago treasure hunter Bob Evans set sail searching for the remains of the SS Central America, a ship believed to hold the largest sunken treasure in US history.
The vessel was taken down in 1857 by a hurricane while on its way to the US following a layover in Havana. With it went its cargo, a very large amount of ingots and coins, which had been shipped from California at the height of the gold rush.
While the original searchers were successful in finding the location of the wreck, a decent amount of gold, and a couple tons of salvage and artifacts, the big haul eluded them.
It’s believed there’s still over 85 million dollars in gold down among the ruins.
That estimate is based on expert testimony, comparing past and present values of gold, and recent auction prices for previously salvaged coins.
Those projecting what the latest recovery venture could bring in are also going under the assumption that nobody’s been able to successfully access the site in the past 20 years.
As it rests 7200 feet below the ocean’s surface, there aren’t many treasure hunters capable of getting to it.