Israeli-made Special Lights Used in Recovery of Currency on Sunken Ship
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Israeli-made Special Lights Used in Recovery of Currency on Sunken Ship

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Soggy dollar bills and Italian currency recovered from the 25-year-old wreck of the Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria off the U.S. Atlantic coast last week were found with the help of special lights made in Jerusalem.

According to expedition leader Peter Gimbel, he used 15 high-intensity specially-built underwater lights made by Birns Oceanographics (Israel) Ltd. at their factory in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul quarter.

Similar Birns underwater lights have been used in many major film productions, including “Raise the Titanic” “An Officer and a Gentleman” and James Bond movies. The Birns parent company is in Los Angeles.

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