WATCH: 'WW1 relic' left for BBC reporter
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SS Mendi: WW1 ship relic left for BBC reporter

A bell from a ship involved in one of Britain's worst off-shore disasters has apparently been found in a plastic bag left anonymously for a BBC reporter.

It bears the name of the SS Mendi which sank off the Isle of Wight during World War One, killing more than 600 black South African labourers.

The bell is thought to have been stripped from the wreck by divers.

Maritime archaeologist John Gribble, who has surveyed the ship, said the bell was probably genuine.

  • 15 Jun 2017