- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) - Treasure hunters haven’t abandoned plans to look for wealth in an undersea wreck off Cape Cod despite a researcher’s admission that he fabricated documents and other information.

The Cape Cod Times reports (http://bit.ly/1B5CvGz ) that interest in the World War II-era freighter remains high even though treasure claims are shrouded in controversy.

Donald Rodocker said his salvage company is still considering exploring the wreck next summer and has raised $500,000.

A court battle has been waged over the wreck of the S.S. Port Nicholson. Britain says the ship, sunk by the Germans off Provincetown in 1942, carried military equipment and automobile parts.

Portland, Maine-based Sea Hunters LP said gold, platinum and gems were aboard. But in a Dec. 4 affidavit, it said its main researcher now says key documents were forgeries.

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