Video – depth charge uncovered after damage to wreck
Tuesday 15th October 2013, 8:30AM BST.
Video supplied by Guernsey Harbour dive team
DAMAGE to a shipwreck, possibly by a vessel dragging its anchor, led to the discovery of a suspected depth charge that has been hidden in the harbour mouth for 70 years.
A Royal Navy dive team flew to the island yesterday after the discovery was made by harbour divers at the wreck of the Second World War ammunition vessel, the Dr Rudolph Wahrendorf.
Harbour master Captain Peter Gill said an inspection of the site, 600 metres outside the entrance to the harbour, was carried out after reports that damage had been caused to the wreck.
‘The device was spotted in a different part of the wreck to where it had been damaged,’ he said.
‘What is miraculous is that something like a depth charge has been sat there for 70 years and never been identified.’