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UB-78 off Folkestone Kent: Archaeological Report

Front cover of UB 78 off Folkestone, Kent: Archaeological Report

Project 6552

By Graham Scott

This report covers archaeological investigation of First World War German submarine, UB-78, which was lost off Folkestone in April 1918.

Although the propellers have been salvaged and some fittings removed, the diving survey confirmed that the site is in reasonably good condition.

The principal long term threat appears to be the natural process of corrosion. The site has been assessed as being at low risk using English Heritage's Risk Management Handbook.
The results of the investigation have been used to compile a site characterisation based upon the established BULSI method of shipwreck 'biography'. This has in turn informed assessment of the site against current EH guidance on the non-statutory criteria for scheduling under the 1979 Act.

Perhaps more important than its significance as an individual marine heritage asset, the UB-78 is part of the archaeology of the vital naval battlefield of the Dover Straits.

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.


  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Assessment objectives and products
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Conclusions and discussion
  • Archive
  • References
  • Appendices

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 51

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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