Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum, Guernsey

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Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum, Guernsey

fort grey shipwreck museum

Built in 1804 as part of a defensive system to protect Guernsey from Napoleon, Fort Grey is now home to a museum dedicated to displaying items recovered from shipwrecks around the island's coast.

Wrecks Covered in the Museum's Exhibits

HMS Boreas

A 28 gun navy frigate sank on November 28, 1807 after hitting the Hanois reef. 127 men lost their lives. A cannon raised from the wreck site in 1974 can be seen on the battlements of the fort. Artefacts were recovered from the wreck site in 1970 by divers Richard Keen and David Archer.

SS Yorouba

A 1,299 ton steamship sank on April 13, 1888 at Gibou rocks near Lihou Island. Items were recovered from the wreck site in 1968 by divers Richard Keen and Dick Tostevin.

Titanic

18 Guernsey residents had the misfortune of being aboard the Titanic when it sank in 1912, only six of the islanders survived. A display in the museum records the names and fate of the unfortunate travellers.

SS Briseis

A 2,964 ton steamship, built in Hamburg in 1915, sank on October 1, 1937, just off the coast at Vazon. Much of her cargo of Algerian wine was washed ashore and many islanders helped themselves to the free booze. Partially salvaged in 1971 by the Channel Island Salvage Co. Ltd.

Pottery

Ranging from second century roman Samian ware to 18th century pottery recovered from the seabed around the island.

Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum, Rocquaine Bay, is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Admission is �3 for adults and �2 for children.

The museum is quite small but an absolute must see for any divers or wreck enthusiasts visiting the island.

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