Northumberland, Goodwin Sands - Kent (off)

Third Rate 70-gun warship built 1678 as part of Samuel Pepys' regeneration of the English navy. The first third rate ship to be built under contract, after it was realised that the naval dockyards could not cope with the construction of the number of ships requested. She foundered on Goodwin Sands during the 'Great Storm' of 1703. The Goodwin Sands change morphology on a seasonal basis leading to periodic exposure of the vessel's wooden hulls. Exposed timbers are weakened by biological attack and may be subject to detachment and dispersal by tide and wave surge during winter storms.

Northumberland, Goodwin Sands - Kent (off)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Northumberland
  • Heritage Category: Protected Wreck Site
  • List Entry Number: 1000058
  • Local Planning Authority: Kent (off)
  • Site Type: Maritime > Wreck


  • Locality: Goodwin Sands
  • County: off Kent (off)
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Wreck site
  • Condition: Extensive significant problems
  • Vulnerability: Medium
  • Trend: Declining
  • Priority: E - Monitoring as appropriate (any trend)
  • Previous Priority: E
  • Ownership: Government or agency
  • Designation: Protected Wreck Site, part in PWS