Treasure hunter’s claim to looted Nazi gold hidden on sunken submarine set to be investigated
Renowned treasure hunter Roger Miklos left behind a series of encrypted clues to the location of a sunken submarine that was “gold-filled” in the Caribbean after his death in 2018
Claims by a renowned treasure hunter over 40 years ago that a submarine filled with Nazi gold sunk in the Caribbean must be investigated.
American explorer Roger Miklos said in 1981 he found a submarine while working off the Turks and Caicos Islands, although he never revealed the exact location.
It is alleged that Adolf Hitler ordered U-boats to smuggle looted gold, artwork and other valuables out of Germany, the Daily Star reports.
Renowned treasure hunter Miklos died in 2018 after saying the sunken submarine was one of nine cargo submarines in the Turks and Caicos Islands, according to History Channel UK.
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U-boats wreaked havoc during World War II, particularly in the Battle of the Atlantic, but not only could they torpedo sink merchant ships as they crossed the Atlantic, they could also have been used as a clandestine mode of transport for the Nazi goods looted from raided ones countries.
Mr Miklos’ documents were given to diver and explorer Mike Fletcher, who is searching for the submarine in the US documentary History’s Greatest Mysteries, which was released in September.
Speaking on the show, Mr Fletcher said: “We know there are billions of dollars in looted personal belongings.
“Gold, all sorts of valuable materials that were lost during the war.
“It certainly made sense that some of that could be loaded onto the submarines to smuggle them out of Europe and into a safe haven.”
Mr. Fletcher, who has over 40 years of experience as a shipwreck researcher, is leading a small team in the search for the submarine.
The group compiles the clues left by Mr. Miklos after his death, including sketches and codes.
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The evidence is all cryptic as the deceased treasure hunter fears one of his rivals would rush in and steal his find.
Mr. Miklos rose to prominence as a leading treasure hunter after a string of high-profile discoveries.
One of his most impressive finds was the ship Atocha, which was lost in 1622 and had tens of millions of dollars worth of treasure on board.
His announcement 40 years ago that he had discovered one of Hitler’s missing submarines sent the treasure-hunting world into turmoil.
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At the time, Mr. Miklos was in the Turks and Caicos Islands in search of the Pinta, a ship that took Columbus to the New World in 1492.
After his crew’s magnetometer took a reading, Mr. Miklos dove down to scan the seabed.
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