Up-close and brutal footage of World War II merchant ship: the wreck of the SS Gairsoppa

New York Times video:

Up-Close and brutal video footage: the SS Gairsoppa, a British merchant ship that lies 300 miles off the coast of Ireland, 3 miles deeper than the Titanic.

In 1941, a Nazi torpedo tore a hole in a British merchant ship carrying a fortune in silver to England from India.

“We were fortunate to find the shipwreck sitting upright, with the holds open and easily accessible,” said Greg Stemm, chief executive of Odyssey, which is based in Tampa, Fla. “This should enable to us to unload cargo through the hatches, as would happen with a ship alongside a cargo terminal.”

If the recovery is successful it will be history’s deepest and largest retrieval of a precious cargo lost at sea and highlight the growing power of ocean technology, according to Odyssey Marine Exploration, the company that found the ship. It is working under contract to the British government and says it verified the ship’s identity this month.

What is considered a great cache today probably brought the ship’s demise in 1941. The 240 tons of silver (worth $200 million) could not save the ship and its crew. 85 crewmen died and only one, a 2nd officer survived in a lifeboat as he drifted for 13 days.

Watch this stunning video footage and then click on the article link below for detailed information.

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/09/25/science/100000001073683/the-ss-gairsoppa.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=thab1

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/science/26shipwreck.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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