I certainly don't condone it but hey... They are technically cleaning the oceans.... I think its genius. Lots of overhead but lots of profit.
British, Dutch WWII shipwrecks vanish from Pacific Ocean - CNN.com
now that is hungry
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Who would buy this stuff. I am sure its covered in marine life when you pull it out.
most likely, they are looking for any valuable artifacts or antiques or even gold/silver coins
the rest is a bonus but its not the main reason ppl go through so much effort & expense to dredge up old ships
We're pretty inconsistent in the way we handle the underwater final resting place of a person. Sometimes they are off limits and sometimes they aren't. After sixty or seventy years none of the surviving family members that knew the lost service person are alive.
It must be tricky work to cut up a warship underwater and make it disappear. Think of all of the unexploded ordinance that might be in the hold. Probably lots of toxic nasties too. I remember reading about a German U-boat that was carrying a cargo of mercury that went down. You just never know what you might run into unless you could locate the cargo manifest from an archive somewhere.
Here is a shipwreck story with a happy ending, when I was in the Aleutians heard stories about a destroyer going down they must have been talking about the sub.
How far would you go to find out exactly what happened to a lost loved one? When the USS Grunion submarine sank mysteriously in 1942, 70 fathers, sons, uncles and brothers were gone without a trace…or were they? In a search that has spanned over half a century, the Grunion was found on the bottom of the Bering Sea thanks to the collaboration of numerous families, friends and historians from around the world. John Abele, the retired founding Chairman of Boston Scientific, and his brothers were able to locate the final resting place of their father and the rest of the crew and became that much closer to discovering what happened to the USS Grunion. This talk contains incredible pictures and video of the submarine.
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I don't think what they did was "OK" but it's not like the metal was being used and welp everyone there has been dead. And had a funeral for. Morally it's wrong but efficiency wize. I can't say. Also the laws of underwater resting places are very inconsistent.
Seems pretty sketchy to me. Modern day grave robbing imho.
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Yep taterj, I have to agree with you. Sort of like funeral homes recovering dental gold before/after cremation. I know when my parents died, and both were cremated, in the papers we signed as the family, we either gave away our claim to any dental gold or something to that effect. It struck me weird at the time but typically a person isn't in the most thinking frame of mind when a loved has died. I'm assuming its a little fringe benefit for a lot of funeral homes to recover such gold.
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