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The fight to save the Silvia Onorate

On this day, 1948 Another ship on the GoodwinsWithin ten minutes of the maroons being fired the Walmer lifeboat Charles Dibdin was launched from the steep beach. The weather was …

Sands of Death 2

As the North Deal lifeboat cleared the wreck of the schooner Toogo, the coxswain told his men to keep a good lookout for those struggling in the sea. One of …

Corinthian – The Sea of Souls

On Friday morning, October 31st, 1919, the ketch barge Corinthian set sail in a freshening north-east breeze. The vessel, along with the slightly smaller ketch Glenavon, had completed loading phosphates …

HMS Northumberland Film Trailer

We can’t wait to see the whole film!  Enjoy this trailer tease of diving HMS Northumberland by Dan Pascoe and his team.  Fabulous photography as always from Michael Pitts  

Autumn 2021 newsletter

There’s been much activity on the Goodwin Sands over the past few months. Read all about it in our autumn newsletter!

Diving the wreck of HMS Restoration

In August 2021, licencee Dr Doug McElvogue and his team spent five days exploring the wreck of HMS Restoration – one of four Royal Navy warships that sank during the Great Storm of …

Race against time to protect historic wreck

Photo: examining the cauldron by Michael Pitts Read about Dan Pascoe’s race against time to protect the historic wreck of the Royal Navy warship HMS Northumberland that was lost on the Goodwins …

New Deal High Street website

We are delighted and proud to be included on the new website about Deal High Street.  Check out http://www.highstreetdeal.co.uk (click on the title first) to find out what is going on in …

A lifeboat station on strike

It is not very well known that in 1906 the crew of Walmer lifeboat went on strike following what was considered to be their difference of opinion with the Central …

Loss of the SS Piave

One of the most outstanding incidents and rescues attended to by the North Deal lifeboat occurred a century ago in January 1919, with the rescue of the crew of the …

The disappearing lightship

On the 21st October 1940, the South Goodwin lightship disappeared from her station close to the South Sand Head. Fortunately the crew had been taken off a few days prior …

Goodwin Sands Treasure

Over hundreds of years, the 10 mile stretch of sand called the Goodwins has been the demise of thousands of ships and their crews. This natural hazard has trapped and …

Lost Patrols

It is a little known fact that there are at least twenty Hull and Grimsby deep sea fishing vessels sunk within eyesight of the Goodwin Sands. It has not been …

SS Mahratta 1939

At the beginning of the Second World War the anchorage in the Downs was full to overflowing with ships awaiting inspection from naval officers of the Contraband Control. Neutral vessels …

Another ship on the Goodwins

Within ten minutes of the maroons being fired the Walmer lifeboat Charles Dibden was launched from the steep beach. The weather was starting to deteriorate with an increasing southerly breeze …

U 48 – Death on the Goodwins

In the latter part of the First World War, German submariners were feeling the effect of the diligent Royal Navy and losses of U-boats were mounting up. Volunteers for the …