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Just read on Divernet.
Goldfinder is well worth a read if you haven't already.
RIP Keith

Keith Jessop dies
28 May 2010

The deep-sea diver and treasure hunter Keith Jessop has died, aged 77.

Jessop’s career as a recovery diver stretched from the late 1950s, but he is particularly well known for his 1981 recovery of gold from the wreck of the cruiser HMS Edinburgh, in the Barents Sea.

Sunk in 1942 in 244m of water, the ship carried 465 ingots of gold weighing about ten tons, as payment from Stalin for war supplies. Working in challenging conditions, Jessop’s team recovered a reported 431 of them, worth tens of millions of pounds.

Most of the haul went to the British and Russian governments, Jessop retaining a portion as the salvage award.

Later, Jessop left Britain to live abroad while continuing underwater recovery work. Projects included unsuccessful hunts for treasure horded by the pirate Henry Morgan and for the wreck of Christopher Columbus’s Santa Maria.

Goldfinder, Jessop’s autobiography, was published in 2001.

Jessop enjoyed his closing years living in France with his partner. He is survived by her and by two sons and a daughter from his earlier marriage.
 

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Very sad news indeed,
I met him a few years ago on the pier in Stromness and he kindly signed my copy of Goldfinder. We had a long chat about his work around the Orkney Isles, a very interesting man !!!, as mentioned above the book is a great read !!
 

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Sad but 77 is a good innings, his book is excellent and a fitting memorial.
 
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