Record dive rescues $50m wartime silver from ocean floor

Started by gash, April 19, 2016, 12:29:09 pm

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A British-led team has recovered $50m (£34m; €47m) worth of silver coins from the ocean floor, more than 70 years after the steamship carrying them from Bombay to England was torpedoed by a German U-boat.

The SS City of Cairo was hit 772km (480 miles) south of St Helena in the Atlantic Ocean and sank to a depth of 5,150m. The effort to raise the 100 tonnes of coins, which belonged to HM Treasury, is the deepest salvage operation in history.

Full story here :  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32316599
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