Divers lifted 900 bottles of rare cognac and liquor from the bottom of the Baltic Sea
Divers lifted 900 bottles of rare cognac and liquor from the bottom of the Baltic Sea, Gazeta.ru reports with reference to The Local.
It is known that alcohol was transported from France to the Russian Empire in 1917. A Swedish steamer carrying cargo to Russian Tsar Nicholas II was flooded by a German submarine – alcohol was considered contraband at that time.
The wreckage of the ship was discovered in 1999, but divers for a long time could not get to the cargo. Swedish and Icelandic divers had to join forces and spend several years preparing for the dive in order to lift about 600 bottles of De Haartman & Co cognac and 300 bottles of Benedictine liquor from the bottom.