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Divers explore 18th century shipwreck which sank with silver bars aboard

Divers are exploring a shipwreck off the Kent coast which sank more than 270 years ago - complete with silver bars, ingots and coins.

British and Dutch marine archaeologists are creating a survey of the 18th century trading ship which foundered on the Goodwin Sands to see whether more of its amazing artefacts can be raised - and how to preserve it in future.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Mark Dunkley of Historic England, Martijn Manders of the Dutch Maritime Programme and marine archaeologist Alex Hildred.

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Campaigners issue an SOS over plans to dredge the Goodwin Sands

It's a home to seals and famous for shipwrecks. And now conservations are battling plans to dredge the Goodwin Sands.

The stretch of sandbanks lies six miles off the Deal coastline and the decision to extract sand and gravel to develop Dover's western docks has come under attack by campaigners who say it could endanger marine life.

Dover Harbour Board insists their marine studies show the option has "least overall environmental impact". Sarah Saunders spoke to Bryony Chapman of the Kent Wildlife Trust; and campaigners Esme Chilton and Joanna Thomson


Nazi bomber to be lifted from seabed

Photo issued by the RAF of a 360 Degree Animation of a Dornier Do 17 bomber in its watery grave in the English Channel Credit: RAF

Work has started to raise the only surviving German Second World War Dornier Do 17 bomber from its watery grave in the English Channel.

The aircraft was shot down more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain and the project will be the biggest recovery of its kind in British waters, the RAF Museum said.

The existence of the aircraft at Goodwin Sands, off the Kent coast, became known when it was spotted by divers in 2008 at a depth of some 50ft lying on a chalk bed with a small debris field around it.

Hub airport plan for Goodwin Sands

Proposed Goodwin Sands hub airport off the Kent coast Credit: Beckett Rankine

Plans for a new hub airport on the Goodwin Sands off the Kent coast have been announced. The £39bn proposal would see four runways 3km offshore and is being touted as an ideal location given that it would not require the displacement of residents or demolition of existing buildings.

The proposals have been put forward by London-based maritime engineers, Beckett Rankine. The firm's director, Tim Beckett says that if the plans go ahead, "Goodwin will have the least adverse social and environmental impact of any option. It is certainly the most sustainable solution available.”

Inside the proposed Goodwin Sands airport Credit: Beckett Rankine
Inside the proposed Goodwin Sands airport Credit: Beckett Rankine