Hopes of saving £3bn HMS Sussex sink

HMS Sussex

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.

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