Modern day treasure hunter Drew Pritchard is one of the UK's top decorative antique dealers. Always on the hunt for that elusive gem, Drew travels the length and breadth of the country in search of weird and wonderful objects. The bigger the hoard of forgotten antiques and dusty furniture, the happier Drew is! And with a host of clients from all walks of life - from royalty to Hollywood stars, Drew's work is never done.
Building on a childhood love of visiting car scrapyards to unearth rare and beautiful items, Drew has turned his lifelong passion into a thriving international business enterprise. Over 20 years of business, Drew and his specialist team of experts have restored an incredibly diverse range of items, from fireplaces, doors, lighting, gardern ornaments, to cars, paintings, jewellery and wooden artefacts.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Salvage Hunters - Britannia's Gold Ltd - Netflix
Britannia's Gold Ltd is a British company engaged in the salvage of precious metals from deep-water shipwrecks. The company claims that £323 billion of gold and silver was shipped by the British government between 1914 and 1945. A number of these merchant vessels were sunk by German U-boats during the first and second world wars. The company's aim is to locate these sunken vessels and retrieve their cargoes.
Salvage Hunters - Retrieval - Netflix
The company has not revealed details of which port they are based for security reasons. The first exploration they intend to survey is a group of two first world war and a single second world war British merchant ships sunk by a German U-boat whilst en-route to Canada. The company has built a special vessel that allows the crew to remain directly over the sunken vessels. From this ship the crew will lower submersibles (to depths of 5,500m) to investigate the ships and prepare for the next stage of retrieving the precious metals. The cost of the first expedition is estimated at £15 million. As the bullion remains in the ownership of the British Government the company will need to negotiate how the retrieved bullion is brough back to the UK. Since 1914 all British warships sunk are classified as both war graves and sovereign territory, merchant vessel wrecks however do not have the same legal protection.
Salvage Hunters - References - Netflix