The British investigate a ship that sank half a century ago with 1400 tons of explosives

British researchers with the help of sonar continue to survey the American bulk carrier "Richard Montgomery", which sank in 1944 in the Kent region. The fact is that there are still about 1, 500 tons of explosives on board.

The story of his death is not entirely common for that time. "Richard Montgomery" was involved in the delivery of ammunition from the United States to the UK, but by coincidence ran aground a mile from the Thames estuary. The resulting crack literally tore the ship in two and sank. The masts of the bulk carrier are still sticking out of the water.

According to reports, "Richard Montgomery" was supposed to deliver to Britain about 2, 000 cluster and hundreds of conventional bombs weighing more than 450 kg each. According to experts, the total weight of this giant sunken time bomb pulls 1400 tons. If, God forbid, it works, the consequences for the coast could be the most tragic.

Currently, high-resolution sonar has been able to recreate a 3D image of the ship lying on the bottom, which allows scientists to carry out detailed external and even internal monitoring.

The annual costs for this run up to £ 40, 000. But this is an absolutely insignificant amount compared to the damage that could be caused by an explosion - over 1 billion pounds.