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.
Story: Ankita Rao, Slate | Photo: Wikimedia Commons