I was at a loss when my book club selected this book, but after I started reading it I couldn't put it down. One of those "truth is more amazing than fiction" things. A truly incredible story, well told... like a good suspense novel, but true.
Without a doubt one of the best books I have read. I couldn't put it down.
Read by actor Bruce Davison. 4 cassettes, totaling 5 hours.
In September 1857, the SS Central America, a side-wheel steamer carrying nearly six hundred passengers returning from the California Gold Rush, foundered in a hurricane and sank two hundred miles off the Carolina coast. Over four hundred lives and twenty-one tons of California gold were lost. It was the worse peacetime disaster at sea in American history, a tragedy that remained lost in legend for over a century.
Ship of Gold begins with a copiously researched historical record of the disaster, rendered in chilling detail with testimony from survivors and eyewitnesses. The book then becomes a fascinating account of the efforts of Tommy Thompson, the young visionary engineer who explodes boundaries of various disciplines--oceanography, computer science, information theory, and advanced robotics to establish a working presence in the deep ocean.
This is one of my favorite books of all time. This true story shows what can be accomplished when one refuses to give up in one's endeavors.