A rather famous if not now infamous or perhaps even downright notorious gold treasure hunter has been arrested. Tommy Thompson has had a lifelong dream, nay, compulsion to hunt gold treasure, be it in the form of gold coins, gold bars, or any other form of gold that lay on the ocean floor. Tommy Thompson also made his obsession the daily work of his family members and a well financed dive crew. Tommy’s quest to find gold bars and gold treasure may land the entire lot of them in jail or at least in court, the way things are looking.
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Thompson Gets Gold Treasure Fever.
Before Thompson was a diver seeking gold treasure and gold bars, he was a writer writing about gold treasure and gold bars, gold treasure and gold bars that went missing when the SS Central America disappeared during a hurricane in 1857 along the coast line of North Carolina. Compared to other lost gold treasure that may consist of gold coins, gold bars, and other various items that would survive being lost for centuries at a time, a shipwreck containing gold bars and gold coins is a relatively certain thing, as long as you can find it.
Thompson had researched the carefully and meticulously accounted for contents that the ship was supposed to transport from one side of the country to the other. The SS Central America was reported to have been laden with all sorts of gold treasure including gold coins, gold bars, gold nuggets, and even gold dust that had been produced in California during the California gold rush. Not only had the gold treasure been recorded on the ship’s receipts, but insurance had been taken out on some of the gold transports, and the claims had been paid. In addition, the SS Central America, despite her name, was an official US Mail ship. All of this adds up to a sure thing in the mind of a gold treasure hunter.
Also in need of mention is the fact that Thompson was also an oceanographic engineer. Perhaps it was this credential, along with his thick knowledge of the downed side-wheeler steamship laden with tons of gold treasure and his penchant for telling story, that was instrumental in bringing in investors and their cash to finance the dreams of a gold treasure hunter.
Thompson wanted to go looking on the oceans floor for gold coins and gold bars and other gold treasure with a very expensive robotic submarine, and all of the support staff and machinery that a private gold treasure hunting robotic submarine may require. And, as Thompson brought in more investors to fund his gold treasure hunting, his dreams and expenses grew even larger, perhaps even larger than his dreams of gold bars. Reports are said to put his fundraising and investment goals somewhere North of $50 million. That is a lot of gold bars and gold coins and gold treasure represented by $50 million, to lay out in order to go searching the oceans for more gold bars and gold coins and gold treasure, when you think about it.
Either Thompson was expecting huge returns from his gold treasure hunting efforts under the ocean waves, or he was certain at least one person would make out very well during the hunt for gold treasure; himself. And Judging by what happens later in the story, maybe this was the plan of the gold treasure hunter all along.
With his newfound fortune allowing him to go gold treasure hunting for an even larger fortune, Thompson hired all types of professionals from geologists to first mates to help him on his quest. The well financed drew began searching the oceans for gold treasure with a state of the art robotic submarine they dubbed “Nemo”. Perhaps they all caught gold fever on the high seas while they carried Nemo from one part of the sea to the next in search of gold coins and bars. If they did catch gold fever, however, the fever did not prevent them from finding the SS Central America and her cache of gold coins and gold bars and even the gold nuggets and dust.
Gold Treasure And The SS Central America.
Thompson and his group found the SS Central America. Thompson was very vocal about the find and published pictures of the gold treasure that he and his crew had brought up from the oceans depths where the gold coins and gold bars had lain for more than a century without corrosion or loss. In fact, the value of the gold coins and the gold bars, and the value of the gold treasure in general, rose simply because of the rarity and scarcity value added by the notoriety of the shipwreck and it’s status as Lost Sunken Gold Treasure.
Things looked good, one might even say golden, for Thompson, but that would soon change. Thompson was not the only seeker of gold treasure. Immediately his findings were claimed by one group or another. The companies related to the insurance companies that insured the once above water gold bars and gold coins, wanted possession when Thompson brought them back from the land of sunken gold treasure up to the surface where they were easily available. Taxes were assessed, and investors wanted returns, and they wanted the big kinds of return you get when you find a boatload of gold treasure.
Thompson disappeared. He disappeared right along with his girlfriend, gold bars and gold coins, and his investors also feared he disappeared with their investments and dreams of making a fortune finding gold treasure. How do you hunt a gold treasure hunter? A gold treasure hunter knows where to go that people wont be able to look, and they know how to stay there.
The US Marshall Service ended up on the trail of Thompson’s very slimmed down gold treasure carrying crew, and after searching the globe, the US Marshall Service found them in a hotel room in Florida. There were no reports that his hotel room was stacked with gold coins or that the dresser drawers were full of gold bars, but authorities did note that they had been using only cash to help avoid detection while they were fugitives. Perhaps, just perhaps, there is a new stash of gold treasure out there somewhere, gold coins and gold bars that Thompson has stashed. We may never know, because right now, Thompson has the right to remain silent, and he isn’t talking about the whereabouts of his gold treasure.
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