SS Gairsoppa: 61 Tons of Silver Found in Odyssey Exploration

 

 

 

” Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. recovered 61 tons of silver this month from the SS Gairsoppa, a World War II shipwreck lodged nearly three miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ireland.

Odyssey recovered 1,574 silver ingots weighing a total of about 1.8 million ounces from the SS Gairsoppa, the Tampa, Florida-based deep-sea salvage company said in a statement Monday. The 412-foot (126-meter) British cargo ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat in February 1941, according to Bloomberg.

The metal was worth about $630,000 when the Gairsoppa was sunk and about $36 million at today’s prices. Odyssey has recovered a total of 2,792 ingots from the wreck, about 99 percent of the insured silver reported to be aboard when the vessel sank.”