SS CENTRAL AMERICA
"Yes....she was loaded to the 'gills' with money" ....and "Yes" she did go down due to a hurricane in the Atlantic in September of 1857.
Now folks I'm not talking about a few 'old coins' here and there.... There was 592 pasengers and crew aboard the SS Central America....and this included several hundred mineres returning from California...many of these guys were carrying leather pouches...and huge money belts....stuffed....and I do mean stuffed with money as well as gold . On top of all this the ships strongbox was gold specie consigned to New York banks.....worth $40 million....[in that era...just think what $40 million would buy you....]
Well this article provides details on the "LAST CRUISE OF THE SS CENTRAL AMERICA"
If you'd care to give this short article...about 4 pages or so.....a 'tumble' you well see how some divers became extremely wealthy over night ...about $300 million worth...yep a 'Divers Dream'
Hope you enjoy the article