SS Gairsoppa Shipwreck Silver Cargo Confirmed By Odyssey Marine Exploration

By on Sep 27, 2011 in Amazing, United States, World Comments

SS Gairsoppa Stern Compass
Image Credit: Odyssey Marine Exploration

Odyssey Marine Exploration based on Florida confirmed Monday, September 26, 2011 the identity and location of SS Gairsoppa, citing official documents indicating the ship was carrying some 219 tons of silver coins and bullion, according to reports by several international news sites.

“Contemporary research and official documents indicate that the ship was carrying £600,000 (1941 value) or seven million total ounces of silver, including over three million ounces of private silver bullion insured by the UK government, which would make it the largest known precious metal cargo ever recovered from the sea”, Odyssey said in a statement.

Moreover, Andrew Craig, senior project manager of Odyssey mentioned, “We’ve accomplished the first phase of this project — the location and identification of the target shipwreck — and now we’re hard at work planning for the recovery phase”.

The 412-foot (125-meter) SS Gairsoppa had been sailing from India back to Britain in February 1941, and was in a fleet of ships when a storm hit. Since Gairsoppa was running low on fuel, it broke off from the convoy and set a route for Galway, Ireland, reports added.

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