Note: SS Richard Montgomery was a Liberty ship. Not, USS Richard Montgomery. The title USS is only used on an American navy ship.
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The Liberty ship SS Richard Montgomery wreck
20th August 2013: For 69 Years you have been resting peacefully on the seabed, but for how much longer?......
The Liberty ship SS Richard Montgomery is a time-bomb waiting for a terrorist to give Britain its first real tsunami and worse. This shows what could happen when a government conceals something very dangerous from its own people.
Fact: The US explosives carrier SS Richard Montgomery sank in the Thames Estuary in August 1944. It was loaded with 1500 tons of explosive munitions. The Admiralty decided to leave the wreck and its dangerous cargo undisturbed. The wreck lies just a few hundred yards offshore between an oil refinery and Gas storage facility near the Kingsnorth power station and the Sheppey coast. Southend on Sea is just a couple of miles away on the other side of the Thames estuary. Rumours about the ship and its cargo have circulated in these towns ever since. Denials have been issued by ministers in the House of Commons in response to MPs questions about the presence on board of biological, chemical and gas warheads. Freedom of information act requests have not been fully answered or complied with. Nevertheless, rumours persist that the real reason the wreck was not made safe was because of the existence of dirty weapons on board.
After 68 years ( 20 August 2012 ) at last somebody has begun to see a
sense. Realising the threat of terrorists blowing up the wreck is
real, and possible. There are now believed to be 24 hour land and sea "armed?" police
patrolling the Sheppey coast, but for how long?
Although it seems to have been kept by the government out of the mainline news for political reasons, and lack of a viable solution at present, or it seems in the near future. The wrecks contents must be made safe or removed before a new international hub airport in the Thames estuary could ever even be considered let alone built.
A new serious risk interesting problem has arisen, as the National Grid LNG storage on the nearby isle of Grain, has the largest one million cu metre storage capacity of Liquid Natural Gas in Europe with the largest surface silos in the world, each bigger than the Albert Hall, that would be instantly demolished by the Montgomery blast and vaporize the gas to mix with four times its weight of oxygen in the air and produce an explosive blast equivalent of 144 Hiroshima bombs, without the radiation. Destroying everything for many miles around in the UK and Europe. with the resulting loss of many millions of lives, According to Explosives expert Mike Barker M.B.E. (Bomb disposal).
Link: Freedom of information requests to uk government regarding SS Richard Montgomery. Some illegally remain unanswered in the permitted time limit. Why, have the government got something to hide? (Updated 6th February 2014)
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Reports January 2010 of fires appearing above the SS Richard Montgomery in the Thames Estuary
Rare picture of the SS Richard Montgomery passing New York Harbour
Presentation (silent) by Mike Barker MBE on Risks and removal suggestions SS Richard Montgomery wreck ( 8Mb .pdf) This presentation was prevented from being given during a public meeting, which took place at Canterbury university Kent, by UK security services. File updated with more current information 19th august 2013.
1972 report (22 page Pdf) for Southend-on-sea and district chamber of trade and industry of the SS Richard Montgomery.
Dera report July 1997 condition SS Richard Montgomery. Authors R Southworth and K Da Costa
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From Sheppey Gazette (Kent England uk) 31 August 2011 (pdf)Rare close up superstructure photographs of the wreck taken at extremely low tide
Photographs approaching and unloading the wreck just before she sunk
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Newscientist 21 August 2004 Mick Hammer & update 22 January 2005
kentonline Medway messenger interview with Michael Fellows and report SS Richard Montgomery (27 February 2013 )
ITV News Meridian piece about SS Richard Montgomery wreck ( 27 February 2013)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/aviation/9745665/Boris-Island-airport-site-could-blow-up-at-any-minute.html (24 January 2013)
Very interesting informative and well written piece about the danger of the wreck SS Richard Montgomery (January 2013)
Daily mail news article David Leafe 30th august 2012
The Sunday Times Magazine 28 March 2004 Report by Richard Johnson
Article in Sheppey Gazette (Kent England uk) weds 7 April 2004
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Field Marshal General Montgomery Comments on the wreck (clip 18 seconds 3.55Mb .wmv)
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General George S Patton JR Comments on the wreck ( clip 26 seconds 4Mb .wmv)
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