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The London Shipwreck

Central Museum


A specially chosen selection of objects from the London Shipwreck are now on permanent display. This display showcases the way of life on board the London.

The London was a 76-gun ship in the Navy of the Commonwealth of England, built at Chatham Dockyard between 1654 and 1656. She was part of the convoy sent to collect the exiled King Charles II from the Netherlands in 1660 in order to restore him to throne. Sadly, the London sank in March 1665 following an on-board gun powder explosion.

Rediscovered in 2005 during preparation works as part of the London Gateway Port development in Thurrock, Essex in October 2008 she was designated under the 'Protection of Wrecks Act 1973' and placed on Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register.

There is an accompanying free trail for children available from Central Museum.

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