Date(s) - Jan 12, Sat
There are 10 places, 6 are still available.
Load from 09:00, ropes off 11:00
The Binnendijk was 7,000 ton Dutch Steamship, 400ft in length and was built in 1921. In September 1939, at the outbreak of World War II she was bound for Rotterdam from New York with a cargo of tyres and copper wire. On arrival into the English Channel the Royal Navy requested ship to dock in Weymouth/Portland for inspection due to suspicion of ship carrying contraband. On the 7th Oct 1939 captain Morée requested ship drop anchor off the Shambles as the sun was setting. By 10pm the ship struck a newly developed German magnetic mine, laid by U-26 on 10th Sept around 2.5 miles southeast of the Shambles light. The mine caused fire on board & at time of sinking was alight from stem to stern. All her crew were disembarked and rescued. The wreck was then dispersed by explosives on 10 Oct. Today she lies on the sea bed at 27m and stands some 6m high. Her holds are strangely full of sand despite lying on shingle/rocky bottom. Distance from Weymouth 7 miles.
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