US Scavengers Spot Legendary Warship

Tons of gold coins could be on board sunken British warship
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2009 6:30 PM CST
US Scavengers Spot Legendary Warship
The Odyssey Explorer's ROV measures the bore hole of a 42-pound bronze cannon on the shipwreck site of HMS Victory in the English Channel.    (AP Photo/Odyssey Marine Exploration)

A US company has found a prized, 18th century British warship that may be worth millions, the BBC reports. Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration says it has spotted the HMS Victory, a man-o-war that sank in the English Channel in 1744 and has been sought by scavengers ever since. "Very rarely do you solve an age-old mystery like this," said Odyssey CEO Greg Stemm.

The discovery could trigger a tussle with the British government: The ship, which carried valuable brass cannons and gold coins, was reportedly found in international waters. But as a military vessel, it belongs to Britain. Stemm says he's already in talks with British officials.
(More discovery stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.