WWI Wine Salvage Operation

April 13, 2019

 Off the coast of Cornwall, an exciting expedition is afoot, surveying a WWI ship that was torpedoed in 1918. The British ship was on route from Bordeaux to the UK with its cargo of wine when it had an unfortunate encounter with a German U-boat. A team of maritime and archaeological organisations, put together by Cookson Adventures plan to attempt the salvage of potentially wine, champagne and spirits. There is a lot of interest in the operation from collectors and museums. As well as the experts and salvage team, Cookson Adventures will be offering one of their clients the opportunity to join the team to see the action. Adam Sebba, CEO of Cookson Adventures, said: “We don’t consider ourselves a luxury travel company or an adventure travel company – we like to do things differently. That’s why this is precisely the type of unique experience we like to build for our clients. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be a part of one of the most significant historical discoveries of the century. The rarity of such a cargo is unprecedented and we’re waiting with baited breath to dive and see if we can recover the wine. The dive will be challenging but, by working with a team of leading experts in a number of specialist fields, we are confident that we can extract the prized artefacts intact.”

 

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