Shipwrecks from World War II are disappearing at an alarming rate from various sites across the world.
Sadly it’s not a natural phenomenon, but they seem to be systemically targeted by organized gangs. While initially, it appeared some of the more valuable parts of the wrecks were being targeted, now entire wrecks are vanishing without a trace.
The secret to the value of the metals in these wrecks lies in their date of manufacture. Most were built and sunk before the atomic age. This means the metals are relatively free of background radiation, making them priceless when building certain precision instruments. This demand makes it worthwhile for gangs to scavenge these wrecks.
According to an Express newspaper article, the profits to be made are huge, with a bronze propeller bringing several tens of thousands of dollars depending on its size, while the contents of a wreck can easily bring in more than a million dollars.