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posted by Chocolate Pickle (20 comments total)
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was a merchant ship working for the British in 1941. On her final voyage she was part of convoy SL-64, moving cargo from India to the UK. Gairsoppa carried tea, pig iron, and silver ingots worth £600,000 (in 1941). She ran short of coal and had to leave the convoy, hoping to reach a port in Galway. She got spotted by a German airplane, and was torpedoed by U-101. Gairsoppa sank in 4700 meters of water SW of Ireland. On Wednesday, Oddyssey Marine Exploration announced
that they had recovered 48 tons (1203 bars, 1.4 million troy ounces) of silver from the wreck. (gallery
) This is the heaviest and deepest recovery of precious metal in history, but it may be only 20% of the silver carried by the ship.
At the current bullion price of $27.25 per troy ounce, this recovery is worth more than $38 million.