This 1989 file photo shows gold bars and coins from the S.S. Central America, a mail steamship, which sunk in a hurricane in 1857, about 160 miles off the North Carolina coast. Federal Judge Rebecca Beach Smith ruled Wednesday, July 9, 2014, that an Ohio company named Recovery Limited Partnership has salvage rights to the SS Central America.
This 1989 file photo shows gold bars and coins from the S.S. Central America, a mail steamship, which sunk in a hurricane in 1857, about 160 miles off the North Carolina coast. Federal Judge Rebecca Beach Smith ruled Wednesday, July 9, 2014, that an Ohio company named Recovery Limited Partnership has salvage rights to the SS Central America.
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published Thursday, July 10th, 2014
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CINCINNATI — A fugitive treasure hunter's company has lost its bid to stop deep-sea explorers from bringing up gold and other artifacts from a ship that sank off the South Carolina coast in 1857 and has been the subject of legal fights for nearly 30 years.

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