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Clockwise from top left: Tommy Thompson (left) stands at the helm of the Arctic Discoverer as Bob Evans (center) and Barry Schatz look on in Norfolk, Virginia. The expedition’s chief engineer and Mickey, the ship’s cook, in front of one of the thrusters that allowed the research vessel to hover over the wreck site. The boat was unable to anchor because of the extreme depth of the wreck. One of the manipulator arms of the robot Nemo. A T-Davit crane onboard the Arctic Discoverer. When the Central America sank, these brand new, freshly minted, uncirculated gold coins were stored in wooden boxes. Worms had eaten away the wood during the 132 years that the wreck had been on the bottom, leaving the coins in stacks. With less than one-tenth of a knot of current on the bottom and a temperature of about 33 degrees, the artifacts were very well preserved. Unscratched freshly minted, uncirculated gold coins were worth approximately $4,000 each at the time of the discovery. The seaplane used to help supply the research vessel lands on Motts Channel east of Seapath Yacht Club. Thompson and Evans discuss the mission as the Arctic Discoverer departs from Norfolk on June 18, 1991. PHOTO COURTESY OF LANCE McAFEE PHOTO COURTESY OF THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH PHOTO COURTESY OF THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH 56 WBM july 2016 PHOTO COURTESY OF LANCE McAFEE AND NEMO PHOTO COURTESY OF LANCE McAFEE PHOTO COURTESY OF LANCE McAFEE PHOTO COURTESY OF LANCE McAFEE


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