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HMS B2 Dover Approaches: Archaeological Report

Front cover for HMS B2 Dover Aproaches: Archaeological Report

By Paulo Croce

This report covers the investigation of the wreck of an early type of British submarine, HMS B2, lost off Dover in October 1912.

The assessment of the site was undertaken as part of a two stage investigation. Stage one consisted of a geophysical survey and stage two consisted of a diver survey of the site.

The geophysical survey aimed to locate the wreck and inform the diving investigation, whilst the diving investigation resulted in a video survey of the wreck site. The survey informed an assessment of the state and conditions of the submarine, a measured plan of the remains and the identification of prominent features.

The site has been assessed against the non-statutory criteria for scheduling and recommended for designation. HMS B2 is the last surviving example of B-Class and it was observed as being in good condition although evidence of disturbance by trawlers and possibly unauthorised salvage was found.

English Heritage - now Historic England - commissioned Wessex Archaeology to carry out the project. Where this report refers to the work of English Heritage, these functions have been transferred to Historic England.

Contents

  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Assessment objectives and products
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Recommendations
  • Archive
  • References
  • Appendix 1: Anomalies of archaeological potential
  • Appendix 2: Dive log

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 38

If you require an alternative accessible version of this document please contact: Wessex Archaeology, Portway House, Old Sarum Park, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 6EB

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