The waters and seabed around the Goodwin Sands are littered with the remains of an unparalleled 2,000 recorded shipwrecks, representing the highest density of wrecks in UK waters, if not the world.
Six of these wrecks are designated Protected Wrecks which means they have been identified by Historic England for special protection under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973.
This Act allows for restricted areas to be set around potentially important shipwrecks in order to protect them from uncontrolled interference or damage from activities such as unregulated divers, marine developments and marine aggregate extraction.
The Goodwin Sands Conservation Trust has been accepted as an Observer of the Protected Wrecks Association, which acts as a forum for communication among Protected Wreck project teams. With so many protected heritage assets present in the Goodwin Sands, it is intended that the Trust will work with the Association in a mutually supportive way.
Click on the links on the map for more information about each protected wreck.
Another Royal Navy warship wrecked during the Great Storm of 1703 is HMS Mary (link to new page). Although she is not listed as a Protected Wreck, she has a very impressive battle history so we thought it worth including her here.