The London in 1660 drawing by Willem Van de Elder

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London in 1660.

This was drawn by "Willem Van De Velde the Elder" .

Courtesy of the Greenwich Maritime museum.

Welcome to the London Wreck project

The London Wreck Project is dedicated to the exploration of the London which sank off the coast of Southend nearly 350 years ago.

Along with guidance from a leading group of academics and professionals, a local group of volunteer divers would like to share their experiences as amateur archaelogists on this fascinating wreck site.

The London is recognised for its historical importance as a post medieval wreck. It is sensitively situated on the edge of a busy shipping Channel in the Thames Estuary.

A licence is required to dive the site as it is protected under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973.
Since the area is notorious for poor visibility and hasty currents, diving is not usual practice on an amateur basis. However, Steven Ellis, was granted a visiting licence in 2010 from English Heritage to allow him to dive the site along with his team, in the Thames.Permits were also required from The Port of London.

With their interest in their local heritage and maritime archaeology, further training from the Nautical Archaeology Society was sought. The team also has full support from English heritage.

The visiting licence progressed to a survey licence and eventually after surveying the site, a recovery licence for the finds to be placed after conservation in Southend's museum.

Please visit here for the latest information and artifacts.

Your comments and contributions are invited .

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