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    Treasure hunter fights to keep 32m hoard of sunken silver

    With a cargo of 2,364 bars of silver, the SS Tilawa survived the first torpedo attack by a Japanese submarine on a moonlit night in 1942. A second, however, sent her to the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

    A secret salvage operation organised by a champion racing driver has now led to a court fight over the ownership of the 60 tonnes of treasure seemingly lost that night when the British India Steam Company liner was attacked 930 miles northeast of the Seychelles.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/t...lver-df7m3xjqp

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    Paywalled - any chance you can post the text of the article?

    (Or is that what you're hoping someone else will do?)

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    I had a look to see if it was else where, didn't find any articles (very quick search), but found https://sstilawa.com which presumably is the website the salvor has created with the history and survivors accounts, which was pretty interesting actually. Will have to have another try and get around the paywall...

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    Well, that didn't take too long - https://7kbw.co.uk/stephen-hofmeyr-q...ld-war-silver/

    Article from the Barristers Chambers involved.

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    The Judge was clearly bored when writing his judgement:

    This case, like the board game Buccaneer, concerns 2364 bars of silver.
    I think I even remember the board game - my parents had it when I was small!

    Also liked the detail in the account of salvage:
    Whenever the vessel entered Salalah any bars of silver which had been recovered were wet stored in international waters near Salalah, that is, they were locked in a basket and placed on the seabed before the vessel entered territorial waters and recovered when the vessel proceeded back to the wreck site.
    You wouldn't want to forget those co-ordinates...
    Last edited by Spindrift; 18-12-2020 at 03:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spindrift View Post
    The Judge was clearly bored when writing his judgement:



    I think I even remember the board game - my parents had it when I was small!

    Also liked the detail in the account of salvage:


    You wouldn't want to forget those co-ordinates...
    You know how, when you pass by a random buoy, you just think, "another lobster pot drifted off from the fishing grounds" ................
    "...are we human, or are we diver?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spindrift View Post
    The Judge was clearly bored when writing his judgement:

    You wouldn't want to forget those co-ordinates...
    No I don't think he was bored but clearly no sleepless nights. I presume the not entering other territorial waters with the bullion made it OK to go to UK for legal salvage definition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Digger View Post
    I presume the not entering other territorial waters with the bullion made it OK to go to UK for legal salvage definition.
    Yes, there's a section later where he details how the salvage vessel avoids using the Suez Canal so they don't enter Egyptian territorial waters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spindrift View Post
    Yes, there's a section later where he details how the salvage vessel avoids using the Suez Canal so they don't enter Egyptian territorial waters.
    OMG. Does this mean the buoy I saw as we left for this trip was indicating Bullion below:



    :-)


 

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