Trust hopes Victory salvage will focus on archaeology
Tuesday 24th January 2012, 2:29PM GMT.
ALDERNEY maritime conservationists said yesterday they hoped the archeological heritage of an 18th-century warship, which was thought to be carrying gold bullion when it went down, would remain the ‘highest priority’ during any excavations.
HMS Victory, long believed to have sunk off Les Casquets off Alderney, was lost in 1744 with more than 1,000 people aboard.
It was believed by some to have been carrying gold worth half a billion pounds.
The 100-gun warship – an immediate predecessor of Nelson’s famous flagship – was eventually found 60 miles west of Alderney in 2008 by American deep sea exploration company Odyssey Marine Exploration.