In a sense these ships were not used as warships at the time of their dissapearance, but were in all repects commissioned ships of the Royal Navy (being originally build as mortar ships).
When discovered in 2014 and 2016 there was a sensation on practically every news channel. But since then it has been dead silent. Does anybody know of further plans of exploration of these vessels or more substantial reports that have appeared in press or scientific literature? The only thing i know is that a region of several square kilometres has been declared off limits for all visitors since then and that there are plans for permanently manned guard stations to monitor the safeguarding of the wrecks.
I only hope that it is not too late by the time these guard stations (if ever built) are in place....treasure hunters with money can these days reach even the most remote regions, especially since Victoria Street is now most of the year ice free.....
There would appear to be plans for more explorations.
The area is very isolated. It's unlikely that there's anything worth enough there to justify the great expense of an illegal salvage and there aaren't really any locals near enough to be a nuisance.