Divers working in the muddy River Plate have unbolted and scooped up a heavy bronze eagle from the Admiral Graf Spee, a famed German World War II battleship, salvagers said Friday.
Hector Bado, a leader of the recovery team, said three divers working in swirling waters off the riverside capital of Montevideo had to loosen about 145 heavy bolts to extricate the eagle, which stands some 2 meters (6 feet) tall and weighs more than 300 kilograms (660 pounds).
“The eagle is really impressive. As it’s fashioned from bronze, it’s all virtually intact,” exclaimed Bado, speaking by telephone with The Associated Press.
Here’s a pic of the Graf Spee’s stern, with the eagle clearly visible:
While that’s a great pic of the pocket battleship, it’s not my favorite.
Here are a couple of Murdoc’s favorites:
Trapped like a cornered rat. December of ’39.
Don’t you just love the British?
UPDATE: Found this as well in the Sydney Morning Herald:
Is it just Murdoc, or is an eagle hauled off a wreck that’s been sitting in the mud for 66 years after being scuttled during her first war deployment a strange “sign of strength”?