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Divers recover WWII gold
From AP and UPI
LONDON- Divers recovered the first six gold bars
yesterday from a torpedoed British warship that took
a Russian gold shipment-valued as high as $83
million- to the bottom of the icy Barents Sea in
World War II, Britain's Defense Ministry said.
In the 39 years since the HMS Edinburgh plunged
800 feet to the sea floor, the value of the U.S.-bound
gold has increased 16-fold and the salvage operation
already has cost as much-$3.7 million-as the gold's
World War II original worth.
"THIS IS THE most audacious salvage operation
ever- the biggest ever," said James Ringrose of
Jessop Marine Recoveries Ltd.
He predicted all 400 of the 28-pound bars would be
recovered within the next 15 days by divers working
from the computer-equipped, 1,400-ton Stephaniturm,
one of the world's most sophisticated salvage ships.
"At 10 o'clock last night (Wednesday) a diver put
his hand on the first bar. It was buried in silt and mud
in the bomb room," Ringrose said in a telephone in-
'At 10 o'clock last night (Wed-
nesday) a diver put his hand on the
first bar. It was buried in silt and
mud in the bomb room.'
Jessop Marina Recoveries Ltd.
HE SAID SIX bars were brought up initially by
divers working 170 miles north of the Soviet port of
Murmansk, well above the Arctic Circle.
The Edinburgh sank May 9, 1942, after its convoy
was attacked by German U-boats and destroyers.
The gold, each bar stamped with a Russian imperial
double-headed eagle, was payment by the Stalin
government for U.S.-supplied weaponry.
The wreckage was off limits until 1957 because it is
classified as a war grave holding the remains of 60
men. But it was 24 years after the salvage ban was lif-
ted before video cameras lowered from the salvage
ship spotted the wreckage last May.
RINGROSE SAID divers were forbidden from
disturbing anything but the gold.
"There are two large torpedo holes-one we plan-
ned to use an entry route-but it proved too difficult
and so we had to make our hole," he said. "We cut our
own hole with electric torches during 13 days on site."
Ringrose told ITN-TV the divers, operating from a
diving bell, had "a great deal of work still to be done"
and had to be cautious because of the explosives
aboard the Edinburgh.
The United States received an insurance set-
tlement for the value of the gold and the cache will be
split between the Soviet and British governments on a
2-for-Moscow, 1-for-London basis after Jessop takes
its 45 percent fee.
The Soviet-British split matched the old insurance
agreement between the two nations.
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Clerical goes public with love life'
QUEBEC (UPI) - A stenographer at
the Quebec legislature who complained
about her dull love life in a personal let-
ter to a friend may now have more
dates than she can handle:
The woman did not realize the
Canadian government's new com-
puterized printing system was unable
to differentiate between personal notes
and official matters.
AS A RESULT, she dictated a letter
to a friend through the sophisticated
computer Tuesday druing a break in a
parliamentary committee hearing on
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labor and manpower.
Not only did she get a neatly typed
copy for herself to mail, it became a
matter of public record with hundreds
of other copies sent out automatically to
all members of the legislature, aides
"To answer your question, my love
life is a bit dull," the stenographer dic-
tated in the letter to a frend overseas.,
"I haven't seen him for two weeks.
Men! They're not easy to understand.
"TELL ME IF you meet a nice, good
looking guy-I'd be happy to meet him.
Solitude is a heavy burden."
Th'e stenographer also detailed the
latest office gossip, including how the
employees in her department were
grieved at the nomination of a new
The woman, believed to be in her
mid-20's, was not aware of the error un-
til reporters started calling but she
refused to talk with them. She also
hired a lawyer who threatened to sue
anyone who published her name.
JACQUES ST. ONCE, the assistant
director in charge of stenographic ser-*
vices at the legislature, said it was a
"technical error" and he would discuss
with other officials whether any
punitive action should be taken.
"But, I personally feel she was
punished enough," he said. "It was a
shock to her when she found out what
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