|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.