HMS Invincible, Horse and Dean Sand - Hampshire (off)

Invincible was launched in 1744 as a third rate 74-gun French warship. Captured by the British at the first Battle of Finisterre in 1747, she was taken into the Royal Navy. In 1758 she ran aground on Horse Tail Sand, and eventually sank. Historic England have continued to work with the licensed team led by Pascoe Archaeology Services to monitor and record the site as it is exposed, and to recover high risk mobile artefacts before they are lost.

HMS Invincible, Horse and Dean Sand - Hampshire (off)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: HMS Invincible
  • Heritage Category: Protected Wreck Site
  • List Entry Number: 1000052
  • Local Planning Authority: Hampshire (off)
  • Site Type: Maritime > Wreck


  • Locality: Horse and Dean Sand
  • County: off Hampshire (off)
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Wreck site
  • Condition: Extensive significant problems
  • Vulnerability: High
  • Trend: Declining
  • Priority: B - Action/strategy agreed but not yet implemented (where trend is declining or unknown)
  • Previous Priority: B
  • Ownership: Government or agency

Contact Details

Mark Dunkley 07920 138682

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England