Part of the show Underwater Archaeology and Underwater Welding
“Is there a safe way to explore or recover the SS Richard Montgomery wrecked in the Thames estuary where 1400 tonnes of explosives on board? What do you about that situation?”
We posed this question to Dave Parham at the University of Bornemouth...
Dave - Again, the coast of the UK are all covered in lots of unexploded ornaments from both world wars and my personal is to avoid it. We’re doing encounter it occasionally and then report it to the relevant authorities, but that's all that we can do with it.
Dave Parham’s reply to the SS Richard Montgomery wreck problem reminds me of the TV sketch where an interviewer asks an expert a long question about something and if he agrees, then the interviewed person says “ yes” and the lights fade out.
Guadalcanal is supposed to be a diver's paradise, and full of armaments in various states of decay.
Have a look at my website and things like "Bari" the wrecks exact location in regards to gas refinery power station and two holiday resorts. Also Sundaytimes article then come back and suggest blowing it up.
I found it on Google Maps, more or less.
It will be 71 years since the SS Richard Montgomery sank off sheerness on 20 august 2015. The wreck is safe to clear but not to leave beginning to break up becoming more dangerous every day. Could this be the reason nobody has done anything about it. Only a matter of time. The normalcy bias, or normality bias, refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This may result in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. “The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It can result in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation. ronangel, Wed, 19th Aug 2015
Still there, safe to remove before it collapses on itself and spills its deadly cargo on to the surrounding seabed along side all the live munitions dumped there by local fishermen, so as not to lose a days catch while waiting for the coastguard to collect the bombs caught in their nets! But NOT to leave. See The Richard Montgomery Matter: http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron angel, Mon, 21st Nov 2016