Help us to Save the London

On the 7th March 1665 tragedy struck in the Thames Estuary, when the warship London exploded with the loss of over 300 souls.

Today, over 350 years later, the tragedy continues as the wreck site washes away with every passing ship and tide.

On the anniversary of the ordering of The London, the 3rd of July, the Nautical Archaeology Society and the London Shipwreck Trust launched the “Save The London” Campaign, to support the crucial recovery and conservation of many of the historical artefacts and remains from the protected wreck. 

The launch of the Save the London campaign took place at Southend Central Museum and included guests from Southend Borough Council, local businesses and supporters, the Port of London Authority and Time Team Archaeologist and NAS President Phil Harding.

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The London is a ‘second-rate’ ship from Cromwell’s era, and is identified in Samuel Pepys Diary as part of the fleet that brought Charles II back to England in the 17th Century. Despite her historical significance, her remains are currently lying just off the shipping channel in the River Thames, where the strong tides and turbulence from London’s present-day shipping are rapidly eroding the site, washing away many irreplaceable artefacts.

Located not far from Southend pier, a small team of experienced local divers from the London Shipwreck Trust brave the dark and treacherous waters to recover artefacts for public display.

Please help us raise £200,000 to support the work of The London Shipwreck Trust to advance, promote and provide for the preservation of the London shipwreck and its artefacts for public benefit and to protect it for future generations. 

The London Shipwreck Trust has received in kind support from the NAS and MAST/Bournemouth University and Southend Museums to help with the transportation, conservation and curation of small artefacts in 2019, but the diving team receives no public funding, with currently no grants from Historic England, DCMS or any other body to cover their costs of saving our maritime heritage from the eroding seabed. They personally cover these costs from their own pockets.

The NAS believes this is wrong and that if society really values its past it should help contribute to the costs of saving it, before it is too late.

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You can donate Online or by Text Message

Donations can also be made on the website on this page or via text message - to donate by phone, just text SAVETHELONDON 10 to 70085 to donate £10.00 or text SAVETHELONDON 20 to donate £20.00. Standard message rates apply.

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What will happen with your donation

60% of money raised will go to supporting the costs of the diving team from the London Shipwreck Trust. 40% of the money raised will be used by the Nautical Archaeology Society to support ongoing fundraising, corporate partnerships and sponsorship efforts as well as developing the long term business plan to Save The London for the people of Southend-on-Sea and for us all.

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Large Donations and Corporate Partnerships and Sponsorship

To discuss corporate partnership and sponsorship opportunities or large donations to the Save the London campaign please contact NAS CEO, Mark Beattie-Edwards on [email protected] or by calling +44(0)2392 818419.

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Our Supporters

"The London is a highly significant part of the history of The Thames, please support its recovery and conservation." Sir Tony Robinson, Actor, Author, Presenter. 

“The London is not just a ship or a piece of archaeology, but a part of British history, and a vital piece of our maritime heritage” Phil Harding, Archaeologist, Presenter from Time Team. 

“As Mayor of Southend, I fully support the work of the divers of The London Shipwreck Trust and wish them all the best in their fundraising endeavours to preserve the wonderful artefacts this fantastic shipwreck has uncovered. This shipwreck is not only a wonderful asset for our town of Southend, but is also historically important both nationally and internationally. The London shipwreck deserves to be recognised for its importance in maritime history.”  John Lamb, Mayor of Southend-on-Sea. 

“Historic England supports the Save the London campaign as it directly contributes to one of our own strategic objectives in relation to developing cultural partnerships and collaboration as well as increasing local community capacity”. Historic England.

Thanks to National Maritime, Jobs in Maritime, Dive Master Insurance and Southend Museums for their support and advice. 

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Pledge Your Support - Help us show how many people care

Please sign our support form to allow us to demonstrate just how much and how many people care about our precious heritage 

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A Sunken Story Exhibiton

Location: Southend Central Museum.       22 September 2018 until 20 July 2019

The London Shipwreck: A Sunken Story exhibits finds from the London shipwreck, a 17th Century Cromwellian warship that mysteriously exploded in the Thames Estuary in 1665. Immerse yourself in the Age of Sail, learning about life on board, warfare and the events that led to the loss of over 300 lives. 

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The dive team from the London Shipwreck Trust diving the protected wreck in the Thames Estuary 

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Some of the artefacts that have been saved from the protected wreck of The London

Cannon ball gauge 

Barrel

Sundial

Comb

Complete intact bottle

Flexible rammer for loading the guns

Seal ring and pipe damper

Leather shoe with string tie and wooden heel 

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