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How a legendary shipwreck landed this man in jail

Love Exploring Logo By Daniel Coughlin of Love Exploring | Slide 1 of 27: In February 2018 a spectacular array of gold ingots, coins, and more went on display – and for sale – in Long Beach, California. The treasure was part of a cargo of gold worth millions of dollars that went down with the SS Central America in 1857, in what remains America's worst disaster at sea. Click or scroll through to discover the incredible story behind the sinking of the 'Ship of Gold' and salvage operation, and why the treasure hunter who discovered the shipwreck in 1988 is now in jail. 

The greatest lost treasure in US history and the incredible story behind it

In February 2018 a spectacular array of gold ingots, coins, and more went on display – and for sale – in Long Beach, California. The treasure was part of a cargo of gold worth millions of dollars that went down with the SS Central America in 1857, in what remains America's worst disaster at sea. Click or scroll through to discover the incredible story behind the sinking of the 'Ship of Gold' and salvage operation, and why the treasure hunter who discovered the shipwreck in 1988 is now in jail. 

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