Dick Hanscom forwarded this article from the Daily Mail with some great pictures of the recovery of a gigantic haul of silver from the WWII ship SS Gairsoppa. Thanks.
A US deep-sea exploration company says it has recovered about 48 tons of silver from a British cargo ship that was sunk by a torpedo during World War II.
The haul comes from the SS Gairsoppa, which was hit by a torpedo from a German U-boat about 300 miles off Ireland's coast in 1941. It now sits 15,420ft deep.
Salvage firm Odyssey Marine Exploration said it is the heaviest and deepest recovery of precious metals from a shipwreck ever made.
So far, workers have brought up more than 1,200 silver bars, or about 1.4 million troy ounces, worth about £23.7 million (about $37 million).
The company is under contract with the British Government and will get to keep 80 per cent of the haul after expenses. The remaining 20 per cent will go to the Treasury.
SS Gairsoppa was steaming home from India in 1941 while in the service of the Ministry of War Transport when she was torpedoed by a Nazi U-boat.
She sank in British waters about 300 miles off the south west coast of Ireland. Only one of her 84 crew members survived.
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A £23m payday: U.S. company recovers 48 tons of silver from British wartime shipwreck off Irish coast
Wayne Homren, Editor
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