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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Hidden Treasure Trove

Now this would have been a hell of a find to make on a dive. Just a shame that they haven't invented scuba that can hit 3miles down!

"It was a dark, ice-cold February. The merchant ship SS Gairsoppa was seeking refuge in Ireland when a Nazi U-boat sunk her. She was loaded with seven million ounces of silver. That's worth £150 million in today's money"

According to Odyssey, the seven million ounces of silver is "the largest known precious metal cargo ever recovered from the sea." They will keep 80%, while the British government would grab 20% of the total booty. They will start the recovery in 2012.

I think it would be fair to say that most divers dream of discovering a new wreck or dive site, especially one with £150 million of silver sitting on it. Carl Fismer and Mel Fisher, eat your hearts out! 

Now where's my metal detector?.........