A Russian ship which sank in 1771 off the coast of Finland is to be raised out of the water. It is said to be carrying works of art bought by the Russian empress, Catherine the Great, in Amsterdam.
The ship’s cargo contained around 300 works of art, including paintings by Rembrandt, as well as jewelry, silverware, etchings and porcelain. The cargo hold which lays at a depth of 41 meters, was undamaged as it is wrapped in buckskin and kept in lead containers filled with wax.
Years ago the ship was discovered by Finnish explorers and the cargo was proclaimed the property of Finland, in line with international maritime law.
This has created an issue in Russian-Finnish relations.
This makes you wonder how many valuables are just laying at the bottom of the ocean.
Do you think there is a lot of Gold at the bottom of the ocean?
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