Disaster! The Sinking of the Central America
The Central America
The Central America was a three-masted sidewheel steamship originally named the George Law. In 43 trips between Panama and New York City between 1852 and 1857, the ship carried as much as a third of all the gold found during the California gold rush. On its final voyage, the ship’s gold cargo included thousands of new $20 Double Eagle gold coins produced at the San Francisco Mint.