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Engraved silver tureen lid from wreck of the RMS NIAGARA

Date: 1935 - 1940
Dimensions:
70 x 340 x 260 mm
Medium: Silver plated
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Mrs Audrey Bersten
Object Name: Tureen lid
Object No: 00042350

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    Description
    Silver tureen lid salvaged from the wreck of the RMS NIAGARA, which was sunk by a mine during WWII in 1940, and presented to Mr David V Isaacs in 1941. David Isaacs was the engineer responsible for designing the diving chamber that salvaged the gold bars in its bullion room. The lid is engraved with dedication "Presented to D.V. Isaacs M.C.E. Assoc. M. Inst. C.E. AMIE Aust. by J.P. Williams salvage ship CLAYMORE. This plate was recovered from the bullion room RMS NIAGARA sunk in 438 feet of water at the entrance to the Hauraki Gulf N.Z. 1941' and with the Canadian Australian Royal Mail Line insignia.
    HistoryOn 19 June 1940, shortly after leaving Auckland carrying 146 passengers and 203 crew, and a quantity of gold in the cargo, NIAGARA hit a German mine and sank. All people on board were saved, and most of the gold was eventually salvaged.
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    Assigned title: Engraved silver tureen lid from wreck of the RMS NIAGARA

    Primary title: Presented to DV Isaacs by JP Williams of salvage ship CLAYMORE. This plate was recovered from the bullion room RMS NIAGARA sunk in 438 feet of water at the entrance to the Hauraki Gulf NZ 1941

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