Salvage of the Century - *OUT OF STOCK*
The Salvage of the Century by Ric Wharton is a fascinating and historically significant account of the deepest and most famous salvage ever carried out by divers (Guinness World Records 2000). The HMS Edinburgh was torpedoed and sunk in 1942 while returning from escorting a convoy of military equipment to Russia. The Edinburgh was carrying five tons of Russian gold bullion on its way to the USA as payment for the supplies. She sunk in 840 feet of water, beyond the reach of divers and was forgotten until 40 years later when deep diving technology developed for the North Sea oil industry brought the wreck and its treasure into the reach of divers. The author Ric Wharton, Managing Director of Wharton Williams Ltd., along with his partner Malcolm Williams, funded and led a team of saturation divers who located the wreck in 1981 and succeeded in recovering all the gold bullion. The book chronicles the history of the sinking, the development of the deep diving technology, dealings with the British government, and the methods used to salvage £50,000,000 in gold bullion by Wharton Williams, Ltd. This was the largest and most spectacular salvage operation carried out. With memorable photos, illuminating timelines, and copies of many original documents and gold schedules, this fascinating book will stir the imagination of all divers and deep-sea enthusiasts.
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