From day one the seas were un-cooperative, it would start out with 3' to 5' seas and become 10' to 15' in no time at all. It gets very dangerous working on a moving ship in rough seas.
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Portland, Maine (PRWEB) October 13, 2009
The German U-Boat U87 fired 2 torpedoes at the freighter "Port Nicholson". Both torpedoes hit the ship and several hours later she sank. What is remarkable about this ship is that she carried a secret cargo of bullion headed from Europe to the U.S. That cargo is 71 tons of platinum. At the time of sinking, it was un-salvageable because of depth restrictions, and the fact officials placed her sinking in the wrong spot. She was not to be found until Sub Sea Research began the hunt in 2007. The company filed a federal claim on the site as soon as the wreck was located.
Utilizing their 220' salvage ship "M/V Sea Hunter", operations for recovery began in July. The companies two ships left Portland Maine and headed to the wreck site offshore Cape Cod Ma.
Captain Greg Brooks said, "From day one the seas were un-cooperative, it would start out with 3' to 5' seas and become 10' to 15' in no time at all. It gets very dangerous working on a moving ship in rough seas."
The company is in negotiations to purchase a manned submarine to work along with their Remotely Operated Vehicle to better enhance recovery operations. "A manned submarine will give us a better view of the wreck site and help in recovering the platinum as well as an enhancement for other "key sites we have" upon completion of the Port Nicholson," says Captain Brooks.
Sub Sea also located a sunken cargo ship in Maine waters worth an estimated $500 million , and is trying to work out a contract with the state of Maine. "The state would get $150 million from the recovery, a big boost to the economy in this tough time," said Brooks.
The companies two ships are berthed in Boston Ma. to be closer to the wreck site as sea conditions warrant. Brooks says, " It's just a matter of time, but we never give up!"