Illegal salvagers punished after HMS Severn stops plunder of WW1 wreck

January 21, 2018 – Thieves have been fined nearly £250,000 after being caught by the Royal Navy plundering a WW1 shipwreck. Instead of nets and beams plucking fish from the Atlantic, the crew of HMS Severn found the huge hydraulic claws of Dutch-registered salvage ship Friendship lifting £90,000 of steel and copper. The metal was stripped from the wreck of the SS Harrovian, sunk by a German submarine 80 miles southwest of the Scilly Isles in 1916. The British steamer was heading from New York to Le Havre in France carrying…

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