Discover the Chesil Beach Protected Wrecks



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The Martine Archeology Trust is visiting the area with their mobile display to share the fascinating information about the many wrecks that lie off Chesil Beach.

They will be at two venues around Weymouth, between 10.00am and 4.00pm

Saturday 21st September – Weymouth, outside Debenhams and,

Sunday 22nd September – Chesil Beach Discovery Centre

Come along to find out about the wrecks, try on the dive kit and handle real archaeological artefacts!

Or, come along to a public talk at 6.00pm on Thursday 26th September at Hotel Aqua, Portland

Chesil Beach Protected Wrecks Community Archaeology Project

In 2019 the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) and the Maritime Archaeology Trust (MAT) will be running training activities and series of public events based around the Chesil Beach protected wrecks off the coast of Weymouth.  Activities will be held in conjunction with the local licensee(s), to create a team of local wreck custodians.  By upskilling local community members, including divers, the wrecks will be respected and further investigated.

Two of the cannons from the Chesil Beach Protected Wreck – NAS 2018

An additional project outcome will be the creation of a digital 3D annotated tour (Dive Trail) of the site created by the Maritime Archaeology Trust to enable non-diver appreciation of the heritage asset. These activities and products will help ensure the site’s future protection and provide added knowledge about the wrecks to the local community and contribute new information to the historic environment record.


The Chesil Beach Protected Wreck lies on the seaward side of Chesil Beach in Dorset. It was discovered in 2010 and comprises two distinct areas of wreck. An inshore site comprises eight heavily concreted cast iron cannon identified as English 24-32 pounders cast between 1650 and 1725. Lying 220m south of the cannon assemblage, the offshore site consists of seven very heavily concreted cast iron English cannon, one of which is probably a six pounder, cast in the second half of the seventeenth century.  Depth 12-15m.

For more information visit the Historic England listing entry here.

Watch this video to see a dive taking place.

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