Three on trial for salvaging 1841 ship's treasure (UK)

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Three Britons are due to go on trial in Italy today accused of illegally salvaging more than £320,000 worth of gold, silver and diamonds from a shipwreck.

Nicholas Pearson, David Dixon, and Kerr Sinclair are accused of illegally diving and damaging the wreck of the Pollux, an Italian steam ship which sank off the coast of Elba in 1841.

The three men, along with five other Britons, chartered a salvage ship in 2000 and bought a £2,500 licence to retrieve tin ingots from the Glen Logan, a British merchant ship torpedoed by a U-boat in 1916 near the island of Stromboli in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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