There's an article in today's UK Times titled 'Blunder lets looters pounce on HMS Victory'. It says that at least 2 and possibly as many as 6 bronze guns were illicitly taken from the site. Odyssey apparently published a report that details the damage done to the site and blames English Heritage for publishing the wreck's co-ordinates. It cites Lord Lingfield's comments that the shipwreck must be excavated now to prevent further damage and interestingly, it says that the MHF hopes to hold an exhibition of the items recovered so far!
The bottom line is that this seems like a perfect development for Odyssey in silencing the critics and allowing the company to move forward with the excavation without resistance. For those shorts who have been hoping that the momentum would swing against Odyssey and that the excavation would be stalled, this is a big blow. Although it's unfortunate that a few cannons were looted from the site and that it had to suffer some damage, I view this as a big positive development for accelerating the excavation of one of the most valuable shipwreck projects in the world.
With the Seabed Worker on the move, the momentum on the Victory growing, and gold and silver moving higher on expectations of more money printing the potential reward this summer is getting very exciting for this little shipwreck company.
"It blames English Heritage for publishing the approximate co-ordinates of the wreck, enabling looters to target it."
And maybe some posters on this board who posted the location.
Will the real dumbass please stand up!
The Zeus is only rated to 8000 ft. Odyssey owns and used another ROV rated to 19,000 ft. when the Explorer recently went to the Gairsoppa. Odyssey always had a sub-bottom profiler.
Where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise.
In March and April, 2012 we conducted extensive reconnaissance dives to the site of the Gairsoppa shipwreck utilizing the RV Odyssey Explorer and an inspection-class ROV capable of diving to 6000 meters. The goal for this expedition was to prepare the recovery team with data to plan efficient and effective recovery operations. Hundreds of hours of high-definition dive video and thousands of still photographs were acquired during these dives and a photomosaic was produced. In addition to information about the cargo composition, location and accessibility, extensive information about the shipwreck’s condition and structure was acquired which allows us to more efficiently plan for a successful recovery of the target cargo.
Where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise
"Odyssey just got a sub-bottom profiler after being school'd by Wessex."
You would think that Wessex went looking for Victory and found her. You should remember that if they went looking for Victory before OME, they would have looked off Alderney, and not found anything!