Southsea Sub-Aqua Club

Divers discover D-Day shipwreck off Portsmouth

By Oli Poole - Portsmouth


A group of divers has discovered a British D-Day shipwreck in the Solent.

Fourteen divers from the Southsea Sub Aqua Club located the British landing craft off the south-east coast of Portsmouth, in the middle of the main shipping lanes.

They believe it is the LCT 427 craft that was sunk after colliding with a fellow British craft on its return from delivering cargo to Sword Beach, Normandy, in June 1944.

The club had to get special permission from the Queen’s Harbour Master in Portsmouth to dive in the area due to the high traffic.

Alison Mayor was part of the crew on the eight-day dive last month. 

She said: ‘It is such a tragic and sad story. 

‘The crew had made the crossing to France, survived the engagement with the enemy and successfully delivered the cargo of tanks – only to be lost at the dead of night, four miles from home and in a collision with one of our own ships.

‘It’s a very moving experience when you swim around the wreck, particularly the area of the break.


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