The emergency stern settering pedestal of the SS Gairsoppa shines in the lights of Odyssey's Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) during a visual inspection of the site approximately 4,700 meters deep
An intact toilet sits on the bridge deck of the SS Gairsoppa
Visual inspection of one of the cargo holds revealed stacks of tea chests. A large cargo of tea (over 1,700 tons) is listed on the cargo manifest of the SS Gairsoppa
The SS Gairsoppa was sunk by torpedo from German U-boat U-101 in 1941 during World War II
Odyssey discovered, through ROV visual inspections conducted at a depth of approximately 2,500 meters, a collection of barrels in SS Mantola Cargo Hold No. 3
Odyssey's ROV inspections allowed the team to glimpse at various quarters on the SS Mantola, including this crew's quarters located on the port side under the poop deck.
SS Mantola Forecastle Deck
SS Mantola's Crew Galley Entrance
Starboard Side of the SS Mantola Poop Deck
The Odyssey crew prepares the Remotely Operated Vehicle for launch
View of the Skylight Over the Engine Room on the SS Mantola
A side-scan sonar image of the SS Gairsoppa
Ocean exploration has always been salted with the allure of sunken treasure, and with precious metal prices hitting new records and new technologies allowing access to deeper sites, that Siren's call has never been greater. Recently, a team of Odyssey Marine Exploration (OME) technicians and archeologists announced finding not one, but two British shipwrecks off Ireland, the SS Gairsoppa and the SS Mantola. Only 100 miles and a World War apart, the two hulks rusting away in the deep Atlantic collectively contain what could prove to be millions of ounces of silver.
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