Photo: HMS Invincible is now an English Heritage at risk site Photo: Dave Mothershaw/Matt Cass
English Heritage has listed HMS Invincible among the top ten most at risk heritage sites in the country.
The wreck has been placed on the Heritage at Risk Register 2013 because monitoring has revealed significant parts of the site are becoming exposed due to erosion.
The most recent NAS ELearning dive fieldschool was at the Invincible wrecksite and work continues on excavating the remains of the starboard side of the warship, which lays broken, scattered and unexcavated.
As such, it has become an exciting opportunity for NAS students to participate in the ongoing resurvey effort, under the supervision of licensee and NAS trustee, Dan Pascoe.
The Invincible was wrecked on Horse Tail Sands in the Solent near Portsmouth in 1758. Originally a French 74 gun ship, the Royal Navy’s first Invincible, ran aground after its rudder became jammed.
The Heritage at Risk programme was launched in 2008 to keep track of the state of England’s historic sites. It identifies which sites are most at risk as being lost from neglect, decay or development.