Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The SS Gairsoppa silver hoard

In July 2012 news surfaced of the SS Gairsoppa.

The 412-foot British ship was carrying a cargo of silver when she was sunk by a single German torpedo on February 17, 1941 about 300 miles south-west of Galway, Ireland. The ship carried a crew of 85 but only one man survived.

The Gairsoppa rests about 3 miles below the surface, and the operation to retrieve her cargo said to be the deepest and largest precious metal recovery ever.

The salvage of 48 tons or 1.4 million ounces of silver in 1,203 bars is about 20% of what the Gairsoppa carried. Bad weather halted the recovery effort.

The rest remains 15,420 feet deep in the North Atlantic with another expedition planned for mid-2013.