Chesil Beach Cannon Site
With the help of the former Shipwreck Project Wessex Archaeology was commissioned by Historic England to undertake a site assessment of two unidentified wreck sites off Chesil Beach, collectively known as the ‘Cannon Site’.
Discovered by myself and the former Shipwreck Project the visible site consists of a ballast mound, four cannons, four anchors, lead sheets thought to be cannon aprons and a millstone. I think the site could possibly be all that remains of HMS Pembroke lost in 1667 but can only base that on age and position. Historic England and Wessex Archaeology produced this report after working with us on site.
‘The Fog Wreck’ is a previously unrecorded shipwreck site, located at the south-western tip of St Alban’s Ledge. The visible site comprises a group of four cannons with an anchor located approximately 90m to the south-west. At a depth of 30m in a tidally challenging position Wessex Archaeology investigated with the former Shipwreck Project.
Wessex Archaeology was commissioned by Historic England to undertake a site assessment of an unidentified wreck off Chesil Beach, thought by myself and others to be the ‘Alexander’ lost in 1815. Again assisted by myself and the former Shipwreck Project this report was the result of limited investigations.