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5 most interesting shipwreck treasure hauls

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SS City of Cairo treasure
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SS City of Cairo

The world undersea salvage record

A treasure that was thought to be forever lost has now seen the light of day after £50 million of cargo, namely silver rupee coins, was recovered from the British steam ship SS City of Cairo by Deep Ocean Search, earlier this year (April 2015).

During a passage from India to England in 1942, SS City of Cairo was struck by German U-boat and sunk 480 miles south of the Atlantic island of St Helena. Found at a depth of 5,150 metres, SS City of Cairo set a world record for the deepest recovery – by comparison, the famed Titanic wreck is found at 3,800 metres deep.

The record-breaking depth did not make the shipwreck dive easy. "The combination of pressure, temperature, repeated dives at this depth and other issues resulted in multiple breakdowns of systems such as we had not experienced before,” the team reported.

Photo courtesy Deep Ocean Search

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