Tensions rise over discovery of century-old corpse ship bound from New Zealand to China

November 25, 2014 2:15 PM

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Tensions rise over discovery of century-old corpse ship bound from New Zealand to China

In this April 14, 2014 image from video provided by Definitive Productions, fish swim around the mast of the underwater shipwreck S.S. Ventnor near Whangarei, off the northern New Zealand coast. The S.S. Ventnor sank 112 years ago off the northern New Zealand coast, bearing the exhumed bodies of 499 Chinese miners. They had tried their luck in New Zealand’s gold rush, and had paid in advance to ensure their bodies would go back to China, no matter what. The wreck was discovered in 2012, raising the possibility that someday, the remains might go home. (AP Photo/Definitive Productions) (The Associated Press)

In this Jan. 25, 2014 image from video provided by Definitive Productions, diver Sandy Varin examines the underwater shipwreck of the S.S. Ventnor near Whangarei, off the northern New Zealand coast. The S.S. Ventnor sank 112 years ago off the northern New Zealand coast, bearing the exhumed bodies of...

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