American millionaire Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, and his entourage will the first divers to examine the wreckage of US battleship Alexander Hamilton which lies at the seafloor of Faxaflói bay outside Reykjavík. The ship was sunk in 1942.
A sailboat sails past the Octopus in Reykjavík harbor. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.
The Icelandic Coast Guard found the wreckage of Alexander Hamilton last year and identified it. Allen and his entourage were given permission from the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs to dive to the wreckage, Fréttabladid reports.
According to the newspaper’s sources, Allen didn’t arrive to the country on his luxury yacht Octopus—the world’s ninth largest yacht—which is currently docked at Reykjavík harbor and has raised considerable attention among pedestrians.
Allen allegedly flew to Iceland with his girlfriend, who is said to have celebrated her 30th birthday in the country, and met up with his crew of 60 in Reykjavík.
Meanwhile, the largest passenger cruiser which has visited Iceland until now, the Crown Princess, has left the country after a stopover in Reykjavík and Akureyri.
According to Vikudagur, the cruiser weighs 113,000 tons, carries 3,306 passengers and a crew of 1,200 people. It docked in Akureyri on Tuesday.
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