When the SS Gairsoppa was a German submarine fired a torpedo in 1941, it sank with 219 tons of silver and precious metals became the repository has the greatest value on the ocean floor.
AFP reported that Odyssey - an ocean exploration company based in Florida, U.S. - today announced they have discovered the wreck of the SS position Gairsoppa somewhere off the coast of Ireland around 490 km. Resting position by the water board 4700 m.
The official documents show that its ship carrying about 219 tons of silver in the form of coins and ingots. The value of silver which is about 200 million USD. This is the amount of valuable metals greatest human ever found in the ocean.
SS Gairsoppa the name of a British commercial vessel has a length of 125 m. In September 2 / 1941, it and many other ships left India to return to England. When the train is moving across the Atlantic, a storm appeared. Because fuel is running out, separated from the union and SS Gairsoppa towards Galway, Ireland.
But never Gairsoppa SS to destination, by the way Ireland coast about 490 km, it sunk by a submarine torpedo Germany. Of the 85 people on board only one survived.
Do Gairsoppa SS owned by the British during World War II to Odyssey Marine Exploration has signed an agreement to salvage the silver with the British government. Under the agreement, the company will retain 80% of the money that they salvaged from the wreck.
"We have completed the first phase of the project, which is to determine the location and identity of it. Now we are preparing to conduct salvage phase", Andrew Craig, who runs the silver salvage project in the SS Gairsoppa, said.
Craig hopes to salvage phase will take place in spring next year.
"Fortunately the ship beneath the ocean floor in an upright position, with the hatch cover open so divers can get into easily. So we can salvage goods through the hatch cover," Greg Stemm, executive director of Odyssey company, said.