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Treasure hunter claims to have found $3 billion haul

A treasure hunter and his crew have found the wreckage of the SS Port Nicholson, and believe it may contains $3 billion worth of platinum.

The merchant ship was sunk by a German U-boat back in 1942, but the British government says that it’s not so sure that it actually contained the treasure — thought to be part of a lend-lease payment from the Soviet Union to the United States — that Brooks and his crew believe it did. “We’re still researching what was on the vessel,” a government lawyer said. “Our initial research indicated it was mostly machinery and military stores.”

Brooks, however has already been granted salvage rights from a federal court judge and is ready to push forward with his recovery attempt. “I’m going to get it, one way or another, even if I have to lift the ship out of the water,” he told CBS News.

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Story: Ankita Rao, Slate | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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