Wreck of British ship from Crimean War containing '30 barrels of gold' discovered
Historians examining wreckage in a harbour in the war-torn Crimea region believe they may have found a missing British ship that sunk carrying "30 barrels of gold".
|Analysis suggests all the ships were sunk by ship damage [Credit: CEN]|
The ship had been carrying money to pay the wages of soldiers fighting in the Crimean War and also to help fund the British battle in the region.
|Artefacts found in the wreckage of the ship [Credit: CEN]|
The city is located in the Crimean region disputed by Ukraine and Russia and annexed in March 2014, and was badly damaged in 1854 by British, French and Turkish troops as part of the Crimean War.
|It is believed a total of 34 ships sank because they were unable to dock in the harbour [Credit: CEN]|
Local media said that excited locals believed that one of the ships might be the legendary "Black Sea Prince" and with regards to the other two ships - it is suspected that they are French.
Specialist Viktor Vahoneev said: "We believe that these ships sunk after a storm on 14 November 1854."
Analysis of the wreckage indicates that all of them were sunk because of storm damage as there was no indication that they had been damaged in fighting.
Work is now taking place to recover the ships and any artefacts that will be moved to a museum of underwater archaeology.
Source: Sunday Express [December 08, 2016]