American bounty hunters submit plans to raise gold coins worth hundreds of millions from the wreck of HMS Victory

06 Jan 2013 1:15 PM | Anonymous

American bounty hunters submit plans to raise gold coins worth hundreds of millions from the wreck of HMS Victory

  • In 2008, the wreck was discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration, 264 years after it sank
  • It is believed it could contain gold worth hundreds of millions of pounds and 100 bronze cannon
  • Descendants of crew and experts say it could betray those killed to exploit it for commercial gain

By Amanda Williams

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U.S. bounty hunters should not be allowed to raise the wreck of one of Britain's greatest warships and take some of the millions of pounds of gold it contains, it has today been claimed.

Leading archaeologists and descendants of the crew of HMS Victory, predecessor to Nelson's flagship, say that allowing it to be exploited for commercial gain would be a 'flagrant breach' of the military covenant and a betrayal of the more than 1,000 Royal Navy sailors who died. 

In 2008, the wreck was discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration, a U.S. company, some 264 years after it sank in a storm off the Channel Islands.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257514/Anger-U-S-bounty-hunters-submit-plans-raise-gold-coins-worth-hundreds-millions-wreck-HMS-Victory.html?printingPage=true

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