Shipwreck hunter Greg Brooks says he's found a sunken ship containing $3 billion in platinum, but the British government doubts it. Brooks claims the S.S. Port Nicholson was carrying the load of precious metal when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat during World War II, according to CBS News.
Reports on what the ship was actually carrying are murky. Brooks says the ship was carrying gold, platinum and diamonds from the Soviet Union in exchange for war materiel from the U.S.
"We're still researching what was on the vessel," an attorney working for the British government said. "Our initial research indicated it was mostly machinery and military stores."
Ownership of the cargo, whatever it proves to be, is problematic as well. Salvage and ownership laws governing ships are complicated.
Regardless, Brooks has yet to bring up any of the platinum bars he claims are shown in his undersea video footage.
The ship was en route to New York when it was sunk 50 miles off the coast of Maine in 700 feet of water, according to CBS.
Here's that video we promised:
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