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.

The Chesil Beach Cannon Site consists of two discrete clusters of ships’ guns located in a highly dynamic area close to Chesil Beach off the coast of Dorset, UK. They were discovered in 2010 by The Shipwreck Project and reported to Historic England who commissioned an undesignated site assessment; they were subsequently designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act (1973) in 2017 as two sites of unknown identity.

The Historic England funded Chesil Beach Cannon Site interactive virtual tour is a showcase of two wreck sites and of the community project.

Explore the Chesil Beach Wrecks here