Sunken Ship Off The UK Coast Could Explode At Any Moment

by : UNILAD on : 12 Jun 2017 10:49

A shipwreck packed full of unexploded Second World War bombs is sitting on the seabed off the Kent coast – and it could blow at any time.


The SS Montgomery sank on its journey to France in the Thames Estuary during the Second World War in 1944 in the Thames Estuary between Kent and Essex, approximately 30 miles from London.

It was carrying more than 1,000 tonnes of explosives, according to the Mirror.

However the ship dragged her anchor and became grounded on a sandbank, before she could reach her destination – and while some of the bombs were removed in a salvage operation there are still 1,400 tonnes of live ammunition on board.


The ship’s masts can still be seen above the surface of the water with warning signs attached saying:

Danger – Unexploded Ammunition. Do Not Approach or Board This Wreck.

And now, more than 70 years on, the story of the SS Montgomery could be heading to the big screen in a documentary narrated by actor Ian McShane.

Five years has been spent filming the wreck and the documentary poses the question: ‘Is this a time bomb threatening London?’.

The producers are now looking for crowdfunding to complete the project and they say this is your opportunity to ‘help tell the history of the Liberty Ships and how the American marine veterans and ship builders helped win the war’.

Fascinating stuff.

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    Sunken ship off the English channel is crammed with 1,000 tonnes of explosives and could explode at any moment