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Title: Illegal looting of World War II Shipwrecks near Indonesia
Post by: steve58 on July 10, 2019, 07:33:36 AM
Such a disgrace and desecration  >:(
 
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According to Dutch media reports, a pair of submarines that sank off the coast of Malaysia in 1941 mysteriously vanished late last week, leaving behind only some broken scraps and ghostly outlines in the sand. The wrecked subs Dutch vessels named HNLMS O 16 and HNLMS K XVII also contained the remains of 79 crewmen, which are now missing.

https://www.foxnews.com/science/a-pair-of-shipwrecked-wwii-era-submarines-just-vanished-from-the-sea-near-malaysia
Title: Re: Illegal salvage of Dutch subs HNLMS O 16 and HNLMS K XVII
Post by: Staggerwing on July 10, 2019, 04:15:34 PM
 >:( I hope those sacrilegious wreck poachers all got the bends.
Title: Re: Illegal salvage of Dutch subs HNLMS O 16 and HNLMS K XVII
Post by: Tripoli on July 10, 2019, 06:58:13 PM
Unfortuantely, that has been going on awhile.  A lot of warship wrecks in the Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia area have been salvaged either in whole or in part

  https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2017/nov/03/worlds-biggest-grave-robbery-asias-disappearing-ww2-shipwrecks
Title: Re: Illegal looting of World War II Shipwrecks near Indonesia
Post by: steve58 on June 12, 2021, 08:02:26 AM
Found this over on the WOWS site:


Title: Re: Illegal looting of World War II Shipwrecks near Indonesia
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on June 12, 2021, 09:57:09 AM
I read an interesting article a few weeks ago that said one of the driving forces behind the looting of WWII shipwrecks was the need for "low background steel".  Apparently, steel produced after all the atomic bomb use and testing has altered the steel we're able to produce.  It's got higher background radiation in it which means certain types of instrumentation won't work as well.

Steel produced pre-atomic testing doesn't have as much radiation and is therefore highly sought after.

https://hackaday.com/2017/03/27/low-background-steel-so-hot-right-now/ (https://hackaday.com/2017/03/27/low-background-steel-so-hot-right-now/)