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SS Gairsoppa

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The wreckage of a British cargo ship sunk during the Second World War has been discovered in the North Atlantic, with the world’s largest-ever haul of precious metal onboard.

The SS Gairsoppa, which was torpedoed by a Nazi U-boat while in the service of the Ministry of War Transport in 1941, was carrying seven million ounces of silver when the shipwreck was discovered. The record haul is worth around £155 million at today’s prices.

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