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100-Year-Old Cognac Bottles Salvaged from Shipwreck in the Baltic Sea

It took two decades, but the shipwreck recovery experts at Ocean X finally got what they were after. They recovered 50 cases of cognac and 15 cases of liqueur dating back at least 100 years. And they recovered it from the bottom of the Baltic Sea, over 250 feet from the surface. The S.S. Kyros was a Swedish ship sunk by a German submarine in 1917 during World War I. The cargo ship was hauling the now-recovered booze from France to Russia. The cognac and liqueur was destined for the court of Tzar Nicolas II. The crew assumed neutral Swedes wouldn't be in danger of attack. But the Germans in a U-boat believed the Kyros was carrying contraband, and they destroyed the vessel. Whether any of the recovered booze is still palatable isn't clear, but that will play a role in the find's value.

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