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Title Special Interest Webinars
Code SIW HDS HMS ED 18621
Region Webinar
Date 04 Mar 2021
Prices from £3
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The Historical Diving Society Present...

Salvaging the gold from HMS Edinburgh in 245m

Mike O’Meara Chairman of HDS

HMS Edinburgh was a British Royal Navy Town Class light cruiser sunk following a naval action with a German submarine and three German destroyers on 2 May 1942. At the time, she was acting as lead escort to a returning Russian convoy. 58 Royal Navy sailors perished as a result of the engagement. She took with her to the bottom of the Arctic four tons of Russian gold destined for the USA in exchange for the allied support being provided to Stalin. In 1981, following technological advances in deep diving, driven mainly by the offshore oil and gas industry, a salvage agreement between the UK and Russian governments led to the successful salvage of four tons of gold from a depth of 245m.

Mike was the Diving Superintendent responsible for the diving operations and his talk will address the naval engagement and subsequent salvage.

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