The Ship Wreckage No One Dares to Touch

In the Thames Estuary, near a town called Sheerness, a few dozen miles east of London, lies the SS Richard Montgomery, a World War 2 shipwreck that contains over 1,000 tons of the most dangerous cargo. The SS Richard Montgomery was an American Liberty ship built during World War II, one of the 2,710 used to carry cargo during the war. On 20 August 1944, she dragged anchor and ran aground on a sandbank around 250 meters from the Medway Approach Channel, in a depth of 24 feet (7.3 m) of water. Because of the presence of the large quantity of its dangerous cargo, the ship is monitored by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and is clearly marked on the relevant Admiralty Charts. In 1973 she became the first wreck designated as dangerous under section 2 of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973. There is an exclusion zone around her monitored visually and by radar.

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