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The shipment was destined for Tsarist Russia, but the “Kyros” was sunk by a German submarine, in May 1917
A Swedish team rescued hundreds of bottles of cognac and liquor from the wreck of a sunken ship during the First World War in the Baltic Sea.
On October 22, Ocean X, a group specialized in the search and rescue of alcohol from shipwrecks, managed to get 600 bottles of cognac and 300 of an herbal liquor out of the “Kyros” hull.
The shipment was destined for Tsarist Russia , but the “Kyros” was sunk by a German submarine, in May 1917. The crew was re-embarked on a ship bound for Sweden, from where he had sailed his.
Cognac, produced by the already disappeared De Haartman distillery, and Bénedictine liquor are being analyzed in a laboratory to determine if they can still be drunk.
“The Baltic Sea offers very favorable conditions for the conservation of drinks … it is dark and very cold,” said Peter Lindberg, responsible for the expedition.
After locating the hull of the “Kyros”, 77 m deep, in front of the island of Aland, between Sweden and Finland, the Lindberg team had to free it from among abandoned fishing nets.
To complete their work it was necessary to use a remote control submarine, since the working conditions were risky.
At first glance, the bottles seem to be in good condition, particularly those of cognac that are sealed with tin. Air bubbles can be seen between the cork stopper and the liquid.
“The value of the bottles has yet to be determined, since the cognac brand no longer exists,” Lindberg said.