Divers search wrecks for hidden
'Unique' change to examine Goodwin Sands
Divers from Ramsgate are exploring wrecks on the Goodwin Sands
this week to film and photograph hidden treasures.
Thirty divers, including a team from America, are recording
artifacts buried for hundreds of years, focusing on a fleet of 17th Century
ships from the Royal Navy's fleet.
The project, dubbed "Man-O-War" is organised by
Seadive Organisation, based at Ramsgate Harbour, and will carry on until 11
A Thanet Council spokesman said: "Shifting sands have left
the wrecks exposed as never before and the divers will be able to take some
"No artifacts will be removed, but the film and photos will
form a permanent display at the Maritime Museum."
The wrecks of the warships Stirling Castle, Mary, Northumberland
and Restoration are considered of major importance to maritime heritage and
protected by law.
They sank during the great storm of 1703 after being blown from
their shelter in Deal on to the Goodwin Sands. More than 1,100 people were
The fleet was found in 1978 by a fisherman and indentified by
Some pieces raised have been restored and are on display in the
Maritime Museum at Ramsgate, but the majority of the wrecks have been left
Thanet Council maritime chief Sid Farmer said: "I am
pleased to see the Seadive Organisation has organised this exciting project,
which is already attracting international attention."
The results of the survey will form part of an international
maritime heritage conference in Thanet next year for the East Kent Maritime
Trust's Millenium celebrations.
Isle of Thanet Gazette - Friday July 2, 1999