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The Tragic Loss, Historic Rediscovery And Extraordinary Story Of The SS Central America, Known As The "Ship of Gold", A 280-Foot Sidewheel Steamer That Sank In A Hurricane On September 12, 1857 Off The Coast Of The Carolinas, Along With Over 420 Passengers And Crew And 30,000 Pounds Of Gold Prospected During The California Gold Rush, The Largest Treasure Trove In American History, Contributing To The Financial Panic Of 1857, The First Worldwide Economic Crisis - All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1991, 45 Minutes.) #SSCentralAmerica #NavalDisasters #SunkenTreasure #CaliforniaGoldRush #PanicOf1857 #EconomicCrisis #Hurricanes #AmericanHistory #USHistory #HistoryOfTheUS #DVD #VideoDownload #USBFlashDrive
September 12, 1857: The 280-Foot sidewheel steamer SS Central America, carrying 30,000 pounds (14,000 kg) of gold from the California Gold Rush, the largest treasure trove in American history, sinks about 160 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, during a Category 2 hurricane, Hurricane Two of The 1857 Atlantic Hurricane Season, thereafter known as The S.S. Central America Disaster Hurricane Of 1857. A total of 426 of her 578 passengers and crew drowned, including its captain, Captain William Lewis Herndon. Known as the "Ship of Gold", the ship's sinking contributed to the financial panic of 1857, history's first worldwide economic crisis. SS Central America, known as the Ship of Gold, was a 280-foot (85 m) sidewheel steamer that operated between Central America and the eastern coast of the United States during the 1850s. She was originally named the SS George Law, after Mr. George Law of New York.