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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SS Gairsoppa Shipwreck (A shipwreck containing 200 tonnes of silver)

The SS Gairsoppa lies approximately 3 miles below the surface of the north Atlantic Ocean. The ship sank after being hit with a torpedo on February 17, 1941. Odyssey discovered the shipwreck in 2011 and inspected the site with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). What appear to be tea chests were observed in one cargo hold that was accessible to the ROV. The Gairsoppa's cargo manifest included more than 1700 tons of tea and up to 7 million ounces of silver.

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