Petition to remove explosive wreck

Concerned local wants action over sunken munitions ship

Author: Pat
2nd February 2012
 

A petition is calling for the removal of a wreck stuffed with high explosives in the Thames Estuary.

As reported last week, the SS Richard Montgomery lies on a shallow sandbank just off the coast of Sheerness.

When she sank in August 1944, she was carrying 1,400 tonnes of munitions.

The site is guarded and constantly monitored, with the latest MCA report concluding it appears stable for now.

However, perturbed campaigner Ronald Angel believes the wreck is an ongoing danger and should be ‘made safe or removed.’

According to Mr Angel, “The wreck also may contain mustard gas or other chemical agents, the existence of which cannot be confirmed or denied under a freedom of information enquiry.”

 
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