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Sunken Scapa Flow Warships Sold At Auction

Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    E-bay. If it had been a real auction house, I could have seen the point. Can't help feeling there are moves afoot.
    "Four World War One warships sunk in Scapa Flow in Orkney in 1919 have been sold on eBay for a combined total of £85,000.
    The Markgraf, Karlsruhe, Konig and Kronprinz Wilhelm are scheduled monuments, which recreational divers are not supposed to enter.
    The asking price was over £800,000.
    The three battleships sold for £25,500 each to a Middle Eastern company. The cruiser, Karlsruhe, sold for £8,500 to a private bidder in England.
    The vessels, which were part of the German High Seas fleet, were deliberately scuttled 100 years ago.
    They cannot be removed from the seabed.
    When the listing first appeared on online auction site eBay, some assumed the advert was a hoax.
    But the seller explained that they had been bought from a defunct salvage company.
    Drew Crawford, mediating agent for owner of the wrecks - retired Tayside diving contractor Tommy Clark - said they were not certain as to the long-term intentions of the new owners, and the sale would depend on terms and conditions being met.
    He said: "We're finalising details of the sale with them.
    "We hope to know more, ultimately, later this week.
    "It's not very often ships or shipwrecks like this come up for sale, especially with the history these vessels have.
    "It's a very rare occurrence and not something you see often at all."
    www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-48920904
     
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    Next, Arlington becomes an RV park.
     
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