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  1. [Baren 45081] Any divers in this group? (David Bull)
  2. [Baren 45082] Re: Any divers in this group? (Elizabeth Atwood)
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Message 1
From: David Bull
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2012 23:07:51 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45081] Any divers in this group?
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Did you see this story that came over the news today?


From shipwreck in Italy, a treasure now beckons

In the chaotic evacuation of the Costa Concordia, passengers and crew
abandoned almost everything on board: jewels, cash, champagne,
antiques, 19th century Bohemian crystal glassware, thousands of art
objects including 300-year-old woodblock prints by a Japanese master.


The Costa Concordia was essentially a floating luxury hotel, and many
of the passengers embarked on the ill-fated cruise with their finest
clothes and jewels so they could parade them in casinos and at gala
dinners beneath towering chandeliered ceilings. On top of that was
massive wealth belonging to the ship itself: shops stocked with
jewelry, more than 6,000 works of art decorating walls and a wellness
spa containing a collection of 300-year-old woodblock prints by
Katsushika Hokusai, a Japanese artist most famous for his work of a
giant wave framing Mt. Fuji in the distance.


Washi is pretty strong, and the water is pretty cold, so if they get
them out of there _soon_ (and carefully), the prints have a chance of
surviving ...

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Message 2
From: Elizabeth Atwood
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2012 03:19:09 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45082] Re: Any divers in this group?
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Can't dive but.............
Love where you're coming from, Dave................Let the fish have
the Bohemian glassware and the jewelry but salvage those woodblock
A rescue story to follow......indeed!