Salvage team finds wreck of the Victory

Salvage team finds wreck of the Victory

Marine experts fear a historic legacy could be lost if US treasure hunters raise the pre-Nelson flagship

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2009/feb/01/hms-victory-wreck

The wreck of one of the most famous ships in British naval history has been discovered by a controversial US marine salvage company – a find that will fuel a major row about the UK’s heritage.

HMS Victory, a warship known as “the finest ship in the world”, went down with all hands in 1744 off the Channel Islands and its exact location has remained a mystery for more than 250 years.

But now Odyssey Marine Exploration claims it has proof of the whereabouts of the wooden wreck, in which 1,100 seamen died during a fierce storm. The valuable remains, including 100 brass cannon, would be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds today. After weeks of secrecy, Odyssey, an American based commercial company which is regularly accused of exploiting historic shipwrecks, plans to unveil artefacts retrieved from the wreck…    read more from the link

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