May 19, 2022

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Deep-sea secrets and the ‘Ship of Gold’: Why a treasure hunter sits behind bars as bounty tours nation

A treasure trove of artifacts recovered from a 165-year-old shipwreck at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean is about to go on a nationwide tour while the man responsible for the discovery sits behind bars for a sixth year.

Tommy Thompson, a deep-sea explorer who found the S.S. Central America shipwreck in 1988, could get out of the federal prison in Michigan if he would just reveal the whereabouts of 500 gold coins.