Divers in the Sea of Galilee are looking for a legendary sunken treasure, 100 years after the ship that supposedly carried it sank in a World War I battle.

The Ottoman steamship Sharia rumored to be carrying a ton of gold was sunk by the British Royal Air Force on September 25th 1918 in the north of the lake, as it attempted to flee from advancing British and Australian forces.

The wreckage of Ottoma boat Sharia in the Sea of Galilee (Channel 10 screenshot)
The wreckage of Ottoma boat Sharia in the Sea of Galilee (Channel 10 screenshot)

“The Sharia served as a bank for the Turkish government,” underwater photographer Amir Weizman from Aquazoom told Channel 10.

The Sharia has been lying intact at the bottom of the lake for decades. In 1989 its remains were discovered by divers, although no gold was found, only the name of the ship and several ancient swords.

The divers returned to the wreckage in 2012 and filmed it for the first time, but found no gold. In recent days, teams from the underwater inspection company Yam-Yafo are researching the ship for the fabled lost gold.