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    Default Liberty Ship Richard Montgomery

    SS Richard Montgomery ran aground & sank in the thames estuary in 1944, I have sailed past her hundreds of times & you always wonder about the 1400 tons of munitions still on board.
    I just came across this survey report that may interest some of you, there are some state of the art sonar images, https://assets.publishing.service.go...eport_2017.pdf ,

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    Interesting. Thanks.

    Nick

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    I have sailed round it and at one time swum in the vicinity.It was, as I recall in 2006, when I was sailing in an event at Sheerness and a 43 mph squall flattened the fleet.An amount of the masts and derricks was above the water then,is it still?

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    Masts are still standing, i believe the derricks were removed a few years back so as not to disturb the rest if & when they fell.

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    I was recently in the Navy Museum and saw a model of a Liberty ship with the plating scheme drawn on the side in pencil.

    My wife’s grandpa worked in Kaiser shipyard on them.

    Peace,
    Robert

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    Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

    The Department for Transport (DfT) is responsible for the long-term management of the wreck, but works closely with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) to monitor its condition.
    The management of the SS Richard Montgomery is a key priority for DfT. The MCA undertakes regular surveys of the wreck to monitor its condition and inform management policy.
    The regular survey reports of the SSRM are available on the Government’s website. These include an assessment of the wreck’s condition, and note that approximately 1400 tons (Net Explosive Quantity) of munitions remain in the forward section of the wreck. The next survey report will be published later this year.

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    Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

    Given the wreck’s distance offshore, (1) a radius of 2.5km from the wreck does not encompass any populated areas. (2) While exact population figures are not available at this scale, a radius of 5km from the wreck would encompass areas of population of the Isle of Sheppey and the Isle of Grain.
    The LNG terminal on the Isle of Grain is approximately 6.5km from the wreck
    Almost every window in Sheerness (pop. circa 20,000) would be broken and buildings would be damaged by the blast. There would be injuries from flying window glass and the possibility of hearing damage.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    1 400 tons net is one ungodly big firecracker, half the Halifax blast.
    I hope the water has spoiled at least some of it
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    It's believed that the detention materials have been compromised by sea water. The explosive material maybe not so much.

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    Default Re: Liberty Ship Richard Montgomery

    A couple of freighters and a bunch of rail cars blew up at Port Chicago on SF Bay during the War. 320 dead, but only about 50 were identifiable.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Chicago_disaster

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