Unexploded 1000kg mine in Southend


Royal Navy divers from Portsmouth undertook a six-day operation to remove a one-tonne German WWII bomb in Southend-on-Sea.

A one-tonne German WWII bomb was destroyed in Southend-on-Sea last weekend after its discovery within the wreck of a 17th century warship.

Civilian divers discovered the over 70-year-old device while taking part in an archaeological exploration of the centuries-old vessel, which lies in two parts near to the pier.

An eight-man team of Royal Navy divers from Portsmouth undertook a six-day operation to remove the device and make it safe.

It has been identified as a Type III LMB parachute mine weighing approximately 2,200lbs.

These bombs were designed to destroy ships and as such were one of the largest pieces of ordnance used by the Luftwaffe during WWII.

The location of the find suggests it was likely dropped to target dock facilities in the Thames Estuary.

The good condition of the find led the Royal Navy team to carefully tow the bomb 5 miles to the disposal site at Shoeburyness, where it was detonated in a controlled explosion.

The bomb was found within the wreck of a 17th century shipwreck, The London, which sank in 1665 after its powder magazine exploded, and was rediscovered in 2005.

The wreck is considered important partly for its historical references and partly for its insight into an important period in British naval history.

WWII resulted in large expanses of European towns, cities, coastlines and other areas becoming contaminated with high explosive bombs.

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With offices across the UK and Germany it is ideally placed to protect your onshore or offshore project from WWII-era ordnance like this.

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Image source: The Royal Navy.

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