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War Grave Robbers are well-known

Discussion in 'WWII Today' started by GRW, May 23, 2023.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    So 'well-known' that no-one can be arsed stopping them.
    "The foreign vessel which recently cannibalised the remains of the sunken battleship HMS Prince of Wales and battlecruiser HMS Repulse off the Kuantan coast was also responsible for looting 90 per cent of other World War 2 shipwrecks in the region.
    It is learnt that the grab dredger is also wanted by Indonesian authorities for plundering the remains of sunken Dutch warships HNLMS De Ruyter, HNLMS Java and HNLMS Kortenaer in the Java Sea.
    The vessel is also notorious for illegally salvaging World War 2 shipwrecks in Singaporean, Cambodian and Vietnamese waters.
    A source said the grab dredger was known among the shipping community for its looting activities, which have been ongoing for around 10 years.
    "Ten years ago, it resembled a dilapidated barge. But it is now fitted with high-technology equipment.
    "They operate mechanically and entirely from the surface of the barge, which is equipped with cranes sporting huge metal claws.
    "The claws can plunge more than 200m deep. It chops up the ship and pulls up hundred tonnes of metal in one go."
    The source said the vessel would evade detection by turning off its Global Positioning System (GPS), and WiFi devices onboard before going into hiding.
    Its crew, said the source, comprised highly-paid Chinese nationals, Nepalese, Bangladeshis and Malaysians.
    "World War 2 vessels are usually made of low background steel, copper and brass. These can fetch millions because the metals were made before nuclear testing."
    A source familiar with the investigation told the New Straits Times that the China-registered vessel went by a different name when it illegally salvaged Dutch wrecks in Indonesian waters."
  2. Maddog71

    Maddog71 Member

    Oct 28, 2022
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    It has always been my belief that the dead don't care.
  3. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

    Jan 5, 2009
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    The dead may not care, but a sunken ship is their tomb. As such it shouldn't be disturbed. I know that's not the way the world works today, but that's how I feel.
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