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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th July 1968 Beatle's animated film Yellow Submarine premieres in London
17th July 1965 Born today: Alex Winter, London England, actor (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure)
17th July 1958 Peter Shaffer's Five Finger Exercise, premieres in London
17th July 1949 Born today: Mick Tucker, London, rock drummer (Sweet Harlesden)
17th July 1947 Born today: Camilla Parker-Bowles, London England, Prince Charles' wife.
17th July 1909 Born today: Hardy Amies, London England, royal dressmaker (Queen Elizabeth II)
17th July 1894 Born today: Mary Clare, London England, actress (Evil Mind, Young and Innocent)
17th July 1717 George Frideric Handel's The Water Music premiered when King George I requested a concert on a barge on the River Thames.
The SS Montgomery Wreck
The site of the visible wreck of the SS Montgomery.
Location: Thames off Sheerness
Description: This is where the American Liberty ship, the SS Richard Montgomery lies after being sunk in 1944. It was built during World War II to be one of the Allied Forces 2,710 cargo vessels.
It remains here because it went down with over 1,400 tonnes (1,500 short tons) of explosives on board:
- 286 2,000 lb (910 kg) high explosive Blockbuster bombs
- 4,439 1,000 lb (450 kg) bombs of various types
- 1,925 500 lb (230 kg) bombs
2,815 fragmentation bombs and bomb clusters
- Various explosive booster charges
- Various smoke bombs, including white phosphorus bombs
- Various pyrotechnic signals
In 1973 it became the first wreck in the UK designated as dangerous under section 2 of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973, and as such it has an exclusion zone around it monitored visually and by radar.
It is thought that if the cargo exploded that it would cause sever destruction to the surrounding area and flooding from a resulting wave.