Sunken ship in English channel crammed explosives could explode at any moment

More than 70 years on 1,400 tonnes of live ammunition is still on board.


A shipwreck crammed with more than 1,000 tonnes of unexploded Second World Warbombs which could explode at any time is currently sunk off the Kent coast.

The SS Montgomery sank en route to France in the Thames Estuary off Sheerness in Kent in 1944 while carrying weapons intended for use by the Allies.

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It was part of a convoy heading to Cherboug and intended to anchor in the Great Nore.

However the vessel dragged her anchor and became grounded on a sandbank, approximately 250 metres from the Medway Approach Channel, KentLive reported.

Credits: Maritime Coastguard Agency

Maritime Coastguard Agency

Some of the bombs have been removed in a salvage operation, but more than 70 years on 1,400 tonnes of live ammunition is still on board.

The top of the masts can still be seen peeking from the water with warning signs attached saying "Danger - Unexploded Ammunition. Do Not Approach or Board This Wreck".

The plight of the stranded ship could be heading to the big screen in a documentary narrated by Ian McShane, best known for playing Lovejoy.

It is directed by Ken Rowles and produced by a team in Kent.

Credits: Ken Rowles/Youtube

They spent five years filming the wreck and pose the provocative question 'Is this a time bomb threatening London?'.

The producers are looking for crowdfunding to complete the project and promote it.

It includes interviews with Merchant Marine veterans, volunteers on board the SS Jeremiah O'Brien which is docked in San Francisco and local historians.

The film is presented by broadcaster David Riley.

They aim to have the film ready for worldwide distribution in October 2017.

In 2004 the New Scientist reported that if the ship exploded it would be one biggest non-nuclear blasts ever and destroy the nearby port of Sheerness.

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