What happened to the SS Montgomery?

1. The SS RICHARD MONTGOMERY grounded and split in two off Sheerness in 1944 whilst carrying a cargo of bombs. A large part of the cargo was successfully recovered at the time. No explosions occurred when the ship grounded or during the subsequent salvage operation, and none have occurred since.

Are there shipwrecks in the Thames?

3. Shipwrecks. The Thames Estuary is home to around 767 recorded wrecks: the earliest known are documented from battles recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 893-894 and the figure also includes downed aircraft from the Second World War and wrecks of Thames barges.

Where is the Richard Montgomery ship?

It has sat near Sheerness, Kent, since then and about 1,400 tons of explosives remain on board. There is a no-entry zone around the wreck but a survey in October found its three masts to be in a poor state and deteriorating.

How did the Montgomery ship sink?

Built in Jacksonville, Florida in 1943, the Richard Montgomery was originally used to take vital supplies to Europe and it sailed across the Atlantic in convoy. The ship went aground on a sandbank after the captain was ordered to anchor off the Great Nore.

Why did the Montgomery sink?

The ship was wrecked on the Nore sandbank in the Thames Estuary, near Sheerness, England, in August 1944, while carrying a cargo of munitions. About 1,400 tonnes (1,500 short tons) of explosives remaining on board presents a hazard but the likelihood of explosion is claimed to be remote.

Where is brunels tunnel under the Thames?

Thames Tunnel, also called Wapping-Rotherhithe Tunnel, tunnel designed by Marc Isambard Brunel and built under the River Thames in London.

What is name of the biggest port in Thames Estuary?

The facility is located on the north bank of the River Thames in Thurrock, Essex, 30 miles (48 km) east of central London. The deep-water port is able to handle the biggest container ships in the world….

London Gateway
Opened 2013
Owned by DP World

How did the Montgomery sink?

On 20 August 1944, she dragged anchor and ran aground on a sandbank around 250 m (820 ft) from the Medway Approach Channel, in a depth of 24 ft (7.3 m) of water. During the enquiry following the shipwreck it was revealed that several ships moored nearby had noticed Richard Montgomery drifting towards the sandbank.

Where does the Thames meet the North Sea?

Thames Estuary
The Nore is the sandbank that marks the mouth of the Thames Estuary, where the outflow from the Thames meets the North Sea. It is roughly halfway between Havengore Creek in Essex and Warden Point on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. Until 1964 it marked the seaward limit of the Port of London Authority.

What is the oldest underwater tunnel?

The Thames Tunnel
The Thames Tunnel, built between 1825 and 1843 was the first underwater tunnel in the world. It spans the Thames between Rotherhithe and Wapping in the East End of London and introduced the UK to the Brunel family.

How deep is the Thames Tunnel?

75 feet
The Thames Tunnel is a tunnel beneath the River Thames in London, connecting Rotherhithe and Wapping. It measures 35 feet (11 m) wide by 20 feet (6 m) high and is 1,300 feet (396 m) long, running at a depth of 75 feet (23 m) below the river surface measured at high tide.

How did this ship sink on the Medway?

The vessel dragged her anchor in shallow water and was grounded on a sandbank, just 250 metres of the Medway Approach Channel. Half of the cargo was removed before a crack, which has now torn the ship in two, developed in the hull. It was then left to sink and it has remained on the sandbank for the past 75 years.

Is the Liberty ship in danger of collision?

There have been a number of collision near misses with the sunken vessel despite the masts of the Liberty Ship displaying danger signs above water and an exclusion zone set up to prevent anyone going within a 500 metre radius.

What was the name of the American Liberty ship in WW2?

WWII American liberty ship. SS Richard Montgomery was an American Liberty ship built during World War II, one of the 2,710 used to carry cargo during the war. The ship was wrecked off the Nore sandbank in the Thames Estuary, near Sheerness, England in 1944, whilst carrying a cargo of munitions.

Why is this World War II ship’s deadly cargo being removed?

THE rusting wreckage of a World War II munitions ship is to be removed over fears that if its deadly cargo exploded it would cause a “tsunami”. The American Liberty Ship SS Richard Montgomery sank in the Thames Estuary in August 1944 carrying 6,000 tonnes of ordnance intended to supply the Allied advance in France after D-Day.