Trust hopes Victory salvage will focus on archaeology

ALDERNEY maritime conservationists said yesterday they hoped the archeological heritage of an 18th-century warship, which was thought to be carrying gold bullion when it went down, would remain the ‘highest priority’ during any excavations.

A bronze cannon from the wreck now known to be the 18th-century HMS Victory is lifted aboard Odyssey Marine Exploration’s Odyssey Explorer in 2008. (Picture by Odyssey Marine Exploration)
A bronze cannon from the wreck now known to be the 18th-century HMS Victory is lifted aboard Odyssey Marine Exploration’s Odyssey Explorer in 2008. (Picture by Odyssey Marine Exploration)

ALDERNEY maritime conservationists said yesterday they hoped the archeological heritage of an 18th-century warship, which was thought to be carrying gold bullion when it went down, would remain the ‘highest priority’ during any excavations.

HMS Victory, long believed to have sunk off Les Casquets off Alderney, was lost in 1744 with more than 1,000 people aboard.

It was believed by some to have been carrying gold worth half a billion pounds.

The 100-gun warship – an immediate predecessor of Nelson’s famous flagship – was eventually found 60 miles west of Alderney in 2008 by American deep sea exploration company Odyssey Marine Exploration.

Comments for: "Trust hopes Victory salvage will focus on archaeology"

Theres Gold in them there seas!

Of course their going for gold pardon the pun. If you had the chance to dive down the reck, your going to keep your eyes open for half a million in gold bullion I think!

OK

Half a billion pounds worth of gold bullion and a trust is hoping their first priority will be conservation.

Keep trusting.