Tuesday, January 31, 2023

WWII Shipwrecks Vanishing At An Alarming Rate


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.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmyhttps://www.deeperblue.com
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for DeeperBlue.com