1140.4 oz 999 Silver Shipwreck Bar SS Gairsoppa HM Mint Bombay. The SSGairsoppa was a steel-hulled British cargo steamship under the service of the British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd. of London, was enlisted by the United Kingdom Ministry of War Transport in 1940 to transport vital military supplies during World War II. In December 1940, the Gairsoppa set sail on a mission to transport 7,000 tons of cargo from Calcutta, India to Liverpool, UK. It joined convoy SL64 in Freetown, Sierra Leone and the ships, with no military escort, made their way through the dangerous waters of the Atlantic. Safely reaching the northern latitudes but running short on fuel the Gairsoppa was forced to break away from the protection of the convoy in order to sail to the port in Galway, Ireland. On February 17, 1941, battling high winds and ocean swells, sailing alone and at low speed, the Gairsoppa was spotted by the enemy. U-boat U-101 submerged and fired four torpedoes–one hitting its mark sending the Gairsoppa bow first into the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. With its radio antenna destroyed, it was unable to even send a distress call. Historical documents confirm nearly 100 metric tons of silver was lost when the ship sank. The UK War Risk insurance program insured the high-value cargo, giving the UK legal rights to the precious silver resting on the ocean floor. In 2010, the UK Department for Transport awarded Odyssey Marine Exploration, a leader in deep-ocean exploration, the exclusive salvage contract for the cargo. After extensive research to determine the highest probability search area, Odyssey located the Gairsoppa about three miles deep, 300 miles southwest of Galway, Ireland. Recovery operations commenced in 2012, and Odyssey announced the recovery of the first silver bars on July 18, 2012. During the next two years, Odyssey recovered 2,792 silver ingots from the SS Gairsoppa which most where of 91.7% fine silver in purity. This bar is a whopping 1140.4 troy oz of pure .999 fine silver and is one of only 462 pure silver bars recovered from the SS Gairsoppa. Many of the pure silver bars were melted down to make one and ten ounce commemorative bars and medallions. The bar is stamped with ingot identification number JZ466, and its weight and fineness, which directly ties it to the historical 1941 War Risk document.
1860-O SS Republic Shipwreck Liberty Seated Half Dollar NGC Certified. Sea salvaged United States seated half dollar from the Shipwreck SS Republic. The SS Republic was lost in a hurricane in 1865 100 miles east of Georgia. In presentation case with Odyssey Exploration Video. Excellent treasure ship memento.
Civil War Era 1861-O SS Republic Shipwreck Liberty Seated Half Dollar. Civil War Era sea salvaged United States seated half dollar from the Shipwreck SS Republic (see pictured certificate). The SS Republic was lost in a hurricane in 1865 100 miles east of Georgia. In presentation case with Odyssey Exploration Video. Uncirculated details! Excellent Treasure Ship & Historic Memento. At the outbreak of the Civil War the SS Republic was trapped in port at New Orleans, Louisiana, and was seized for use as a Confederate blockade runner as the CSS Tennessee in 1861, although she was never able to escape blockade of the New Orleans harbor. After the Union capture of New Orleans, the ship was put into armed Union service, including as the flagship of United States Navy Admiral David G. Farragut for the conclusion of the Mississippi Campaign. As USS Tennessee, she was not only a fast and effective blockade ship in the West Gulf Squadron, but also a powerful gunship used to bombard Ft.Morgan during the Battle of Mobile Bay. The Republic left New York on October 18, 1865, bound for New Orleans. According to her captain, she was carrying passengers and a cargo of $400,000 in coins, mostly in gold $10 and $20 pieces, intended for use as hard currency after the Civil War. The city of New Orleans, captured largely intact by the Union in 1862, had been the southern hub of Federal war efforts and was a thriving, busy city – but due to war, “hard money” (or gold and silver coin) was in very short supply. On the fifth day of her voyage, a hurricane off the coast of Georgia proved too strong for the ship. By evening, her hull was leaking so badly that the fire in the boiler was extinguished, and she stalled in heavy seas, taking on water faster than her crew and passengers could bail her. At 4 pm on October 25, 1865, she sank. The passengers and crew escaped in four lifeboats and a makeshift raft, but 40-foot seas throughout the night made keeping them afloat a serious challenge. It was not until two days later, on October 27 that the survivors, now desperate with thirst, were found by the sailing ship Horace Beals. On October 29, the steamer General Hooker had been sent to look for the Republic, and rendezvoused with Horace Beals. The passengers were transferred and taken to Charleston. Most of the passengers and crew survived, although several were lost on the raft before they could be rescued. All the coins were lost at sea.