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Robot Submarine Nemo to be auctioned

The remotely-operated underwater vehicle is one of the highlights featured in an auction with other never-before-offered historic artifacts recovered from the legendary “Ship of Gold,” the S.S. Central America. The auction will be conducted in Reno, Nevada and online by Holabird Western Americana Collections LLC (www.HolabirdAmericana.com) on March 4 and 5, 2023.

“Nemo’s ingenuity is so exceptional that it could have been made for James Bond. It is such a sophisticated device that its precision robotic arms and suction tubes could carefully pick up a quarter-million-dollar rare gold coin from the ocean floor without damaging it,” said Dwight Manley, Managing Partner of the California Gold Marketing Group which owns the six-ton sub and the recovered treasures.

“The skilled scientist and engineers who built it even developed a silicone injection system that could retrieve entire groupings of coins or other objects from this fabulous time capsule of the California Gold Rush, and then meticulously clean up any remaining residue to protect the underwater environment,” added Manley.

The S.S. Central America was carrying tons of Gold Rush treasure from San Francisco and the northern California area when she sank 7,200 feet deep in the Atlantic off the North Carolina coast in a hurricane while on a voyage from Panama to New York City in September 1857.

Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC has prepared an extensive catalog with many illustrations of the S.S. Central America recovery operations in 3-D. Copies of the March 2023 auction catalog are available for $100 each with the price refundable with any purchase from the auction.

All items in the auction are being offered unreserved. For additional information, visit Holabird Western Americana Collections of Reno, Nevada at www.HolabirdAmericana.com, call 775-851-1859, or email [email protected].

Bob Evans, chief scientist on the missions to find and recover the sunken treasures of the S.S. Central America, is seen preparing an exhibit at the 2022 World’s Fair of Money of “Nemo,” the 12,000-pound, remotely-operated submarine used between 1988 and 1991 to locate and retrieve the ship’s historic Gold Rush artifacts. (Photo credit: Donn Pearlman.)