What do drones and GPS owe to a 1744 shipwreck?

On 5 October 1744, a storm was brewing in the English Propel. With sails set for home after chasing a French fleet off the coast of Portugal, a squadron of British warships was having problems.

The lead ship HMS Victory sank 100m to the seabed 50 miles (80km) south of Plymouth, taking with it 1,100 as well as - so rumour h


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