Wednesday, 14 June 2017

British naval salvage vessel Racer salvaging precious material from sunk ss Laurentic according to the Dutch magazine Het Schip dated 11 July 1924

An item reported that the British naval salvage vessel Racer (1) managed to salvage in around 6 years for around 6.500.000 pound sterling of gold and silver out of the wreck of the White Star Line mailboat Laurentic (2) sunk by a German submarine. The last two year was an instrument for searching precious material invented by professor Brooks.(2)

1. Former Mariner-class screw gun vessel laid down at the Devonport Dockyard on 9 April 1883, rebuilt as a salvage vessel between 1916-1917 and finally sold in 1928.
2. Armed merchant cruiser, sunk after striking mines north of Ireland on 25 January 1917, at that moment carrying 43 tons of gold. Launched by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, Ireland in 1908.