In too deep: Warship wreck 'bounty hunter' under scrutiny from Britain's marine watchdog

28 Oct 2013 7:25 AM | Anonymous

In too deep: Warship wreck 'bounty hunter' under scrutiny from Britain's marine watchdog

Company searching for bullion on 18th-century vessel may have broken maritime law

A US marine salvage company is being investigated by Britain's marine watchdog for allegedly exploring the wreck of a 276-year-old British naval warship without permission. Odyssey Marine Exploration hailed the discovery of the HMS Victory, the predecessor to Nelson's famous flagship, as one of the most important maritime finds ever when they announced its discovery in the English Channel in 2008. It sank in 1744 with Admiral Sir John Balchen on board, and it was thought the wreck could well be carrying bullion and bronze cannon worth more than £600m.

But the discovery of the vessel has sparked controversy, with archaeologists and descendants of the 1,000 men who died, saying any attempt to recover gold or artefacts for profit is wrong and "distasteful".

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/in-too-deep-warship-wreck-bounty-hunter-under-scrutiny-from-britains-marine-watchdog-8906374.html?printService=print

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