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Old 18 November 2016, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by jimmy101_again View Post
I think the possibility that they have the wrong location is extremely unlikely (but not impossible). Discovered in 2002 the ship's locations would have been pretty precisely recorded.
Yup. A couple years ago the steel boom in China drove the price of scrap steel sky high; these would have been very attractive targets for salvage.

Given their relatively remote location and relatively shallow depth, I think it would be fairly easy to execute a series of salvage operations while avoiding official attention. I'd guess they spent most of their early profits on improved salvaging gear, which they sold off as they came to the end of the operation. With a modicum of caution and a few greased palms I can see the whole thing going under the radar (or sonar).
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