Goodwin Sandbank : Ship Swallower Off The British Coast Have Been Swallowed Thousands Of Shipwreck Claims 50000 Lives

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The coastline around Britain is littered with thousands of shipwrecks and each has its own unique history. If we look at some of the big discoveries made on the coast of Britain, then it includes ships like Mary Rose. This HMS London was sunk in the River Thames after the explosion. Similarly, the SS Richard Montgomery, a ship loaded with about 1,400 tons of TNT explosives, also ended up in the water. The sandy marshes in Kent, just 10 km off the coast of Deal, are the ‘greatest threat’ to ships.

The Goodwin Sands is a 16 km long sandbank and is infamous for being one of the most ‘dangerous places’ in the ‘English Channel’. Marine archaeologist Dan Pasco told that it’s a ‘ship swallowing’ place and that’s what I like to call it. These sand banks can be up to 20 meters deep and are unstable, he said. Normally when a ship hits it it hits the top of the sand. But slowly the ship sinks into the sand until it hits the surface 20 meters below.
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Pasco further said that the wreckage of the ship remains buried for hundreds of years. Goodwin Sands is a mobile sandbank that is volatile. So when the sand is removed the wreck of the ship can be seen. Similarly in 1979 the ship Stirling Castle was discovered which sank in this sandy swamp in 1703. Located in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, Goodwins has posed a serious threat to shipping since its voyage.

Has taken the lives of 50,000 people so far
Ships often break down before they disappear under the sand. So far about 2000 shipwrecks have been recorded. Although the true number is believed to be closer to 3,500. 50,000 people are believed to have drowned there, including hundreds of World War II airmen. The Great Storm of 1703 proved to be one of the deadliest nights ever. A devastating, extra-tropical cyclone affected central and southern England on November 26, 1703.


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