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The SS Richard Montgomery

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Issue: 3 Updated: 3rd October 2017

Wreck Montgomery Masts Doomsday wreck heading Wreck Montgomery Masts

1. The Richard Montgomery The Doomsday Wreck

Much has been written on the WWII liberty ship, this compilation brings together, newspaper pictures, a contemporary report along with our archive pictures

SS Richard Montgomery 1944

2. The Richard Montgomery at anchor in 1944

Just a year old she'd anchored off Southend ready to join a convoy to Cherbourg, France

SS Richard Montgomery Steaming

3. The Richard Montgomery steaming in 1944

Sketch SS Richard Montgomery

4. Sketch of The Richard Montgomery after going aground on the Nore in 1944

Instructed to move & moor at to the middle sands on the 20th August she subsequently dragged her anchor and went aground on the Nore Sand Bank

Generally trimmed to 28' but on this occasion laden with 6,127 tons of munitions 31' she broke her back in 24' of water

SS Richard Montgomery Stern Naval personel survey wreck

5. SS Richard Montgomery Stern
6. Naval personel survey the wreck

Wreck SS Richard Montgomery undated

7. Wreck undated

SS Richard Montgomery cargo hold plans

8. The Richard Montgomery cargo hold plan

Wreck SS Richard Montgomery 1970's 1

9. The Richard Montgomery preparation to survey in the 1970's

Wreck SS Richard Montgomery dive 1970's

10. The Richard Montgomery dive survey in the early 1970's

Wreck SS Richard Montgomery mast detail 1970's

11. The Richard Montgomery mast detail in the early 1970's

Wreck SS Richard Montgomery mast detail 1980's

12. The Richard Montgomery survey in the early 1970's

Diver at SS Montgomery wreck

13. The Richard Montgomery Diver survey in the early 1970's

Wreck SS Richard Montgomery late 1980's 1

14. The wreck in the late 1980's

Wreck SS Richard Montgomery late 1980's 2

15. The wreck in the late 1980's

Wreck SS Richard Montgomery late 1980's 3

16. The wreck in the late 1980's

Wreck SS Richard Montgomery late 1980's 4

17. The wreck in the late 1980's

Wreck SS Richard Montgomery sonar image 2002

18. Sonar images 2002 (Archaeological Diving Unit, St Andrews University)

New Scientist report 1

New Scientist report 2 New Scientist report 3

19 & 20. New Scientist Report 21st August 2004

Wreck Montgomery Masts

21. The Richard Montgomery mast detail 2004

SS Richard Montgomory masts close up

22. The Richard Montgomery close up of masts 2004

Wreck SS Richard Montgomery 2005

23. Passing the wreck on a visit to Red Sands in September 2005

Wreck SS Richard Montgomery sonar 2006

24. Sonar image 2006 (MCA)

Wreck 7th August 2007

25. The Wreck on 7th August 2007

Wreck 15th September 2007

26. The Wreck on 15th September 2007

Taken on the way to the Red Sands Fort for the Whitstable Yacht Club Round Forts Race 2007

Mail on Sunday 3rd January 2016

27. Mail on Sunday 3rd January 2016

Sonar of wreck

28. Sonar of wreck

SS Montgomery September 2017

29. SS Montgomery wreck September 2017 (Amanda Marie Gray)

Wreck site

30. Wreck site

Sons of Alpha Centauri CD 1 Sons of Alpha Centauri CD 2

31. Sons of Alpha Centauri CD case front
32. Sons of Alpha Centauri CD case 3rd gatefold insert

Audio Break

Recorded in 2007 one of 12 atmospheric mood tracks by Sons of Alpha Centauri - SS Montgomery

Sons of Alpha Centauri CD 3

33. Sons of Alpha Centauri CD case 1st gatefold insert

Sons of Alpha Centauri are an Instrumental Riff/Progressive/Alternative Rock Band from Swale (Kent)

The track SS Montgomery was recorded live at The Yacht Club, Sheerness

Their Album also called Sons of Centauri - SD006CD on Sound Devestation Records was released in the winter of 2007 & played on Red Sands Radio in 2008

Further tracks from Sons of Centauri can be heard in Sealand Fire - Part 2 & Red Sands Radio - Part 15

Many thanks to the contributions to this feature, we have where traceable credited photographs and finds

01/01/2011 - Particular interest in the Richard Montgomery piece as I was Sheppey born and bred. I remember that the ship was always talked about and probably how dangerous it was with the cargo it had aboard. There used to be trips around the wreck, for what seemed a lot out of my pocket money, but by today's standard probably sounds a pittance - Mel Bayes

With grateful thanks to The New Scientist : The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) : Mail on Sunday, Archaeological Diving Unit, St Andrews University, Nick Hannon & the Sons of Alpha Centauri, our craft Calaboose & Alan of the X-Pilot

More reading & survey reports at SS Montgomery MCA Surveys

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