Brass cannons clue to wreck of HMS Victory

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DIVERS believe they have found the remains of one of the greatest British sailing ships ever wrecked at sea.

HMS Victory, forerunner of Nelson’s flagship of the same name, was lost in a storm near the Channel Islands in 1744 with her crew of about 1,150, including an admiral.

The ship has long been sought by salvagers because of its cargo of 100 brass cannons, thought to be engraved with dolphins and the monogram of George II.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said that Odyssey, a Florida-based archeology company, had reported the find. “Odyssey claim it is the Victory but we can’t confirm its identity until we have seen a full report,” he said.

The company is due to announce the find tomorrow at a press conference attended by a descendant of one of the crew.

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