Thursday, April 16, 2015

WWII silver rupees salvaged

Divers brought up 50 million dollars worth of silver rupees from a ship sunk in WWII. The SS City of Cairo was sunk by a German u-boat in 1942. The boat was hit by 2 torpedoes. While most of the crew survived and got into boats, half of them perished before or after rescue. The silver was owned by the British Treasury.  A salvage crew entered into a contract with the Treasury to retrieve it. Odd objects on the ocean floor were found by a salvage crew in 2011. Eventually they found and retrieved a large part of the silver by Sept. 2013. It was found at quite a deep depth. The retrieved silver was melted down and the salvage crew got a percentage. The money had originally been requested from India to help the UK with the war effort. The propeller of the second torpedo was also found still sitting on the ocean floor. The retrieval has only been announced recently. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32316599

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