D-Day Wreck Found in Solent

On 7th June, Landing Craft LCT 427 was on the way back to Portsmouth after successfully delivering a cargo of tanks to Gold Beach as part of the D-Day landings. Unfortunately she never made it, as just 4 miles from shore she collided with the battleship HMS Rodney and was sliced into 2 pieces. All 12 crew were killed.

Divers from Southsea Sub Aqua Club have located the two pieces of the wreck. They are several hundred metres apart at a depth of around 30 metres in a busy shipping channel that is normally out of bounds for diving, but the club was given special permission by Portsmouth Harbour Master.

You can read more on the BBC’s website.

About Neil Hambleton

I am a British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Advanced Diver and an Open Water Instructor. I have been diving since 1992, after joining South China Diving Club (SCDC), which is a Hong Kong-based branch of the BSAC. Having moved to New Zealand, I am now a member of BSAC New Zealand.
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