How will we save the floundering global economy? By becoming pirates.
At least, the good kind of pirate. Just the treasure-hunting kind. Not the pillaging, pilfering, ne’er-do-well cads kind.
Cash-strapped governments across the world are turning to deep-sea treasure hunts to bring in the moola to empty treasuries. The U.K. just jumped on the bandwagon, commissioning the salvage of a WWI era ship carrying about $200 million of silver that was sunk by a German U-boat in 1917.
Mark Gordon, the president and COO of Odyssey Marine Exploration, which found the Mantola wreck, says this is just the tip of the iceberg — in terms of wrecks on the sea floor. Gordon says there are, according to the United Nations, 3 million shipwrecks on the sea floor with cargoes he estimates to be worth, “safely,” billions and billions of dollars just waiting to be hauled up.
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