Hopes of saving £3bn HMS Sussex sink
By Danny Buckland
It's enough to make Captain Jack Sparrow salivate – a £3billion haul of gold and silver lying at the bottom of the ocean since a British ship sank in 1694.
Gordon Brown has his eyes on £1billion of the haul after the Ministry of Defence struck a controversial deal with US treasure-hunters to split the takings if the wreck is found in the Straits of Gibraltar.
This is where The Sussex, an 80-gun flagship, was sunk by a three-day storm as it carried the bullion – then worth £1million – to the Duke of Savoy to seal his backing in the War of the Grand Alliance against French king Louis XIV.
It was leading a fleet of ships when it hit a violent three-day storm.