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Invincible
Location  

Place Name : Horse Tail, East Solent

Lat / Long : 50 ° 44 ' 18 '' North - 1 ° 2' 12'' West System used to obtain Long / Lat : unknown
OS Grid Ref - Square : 0 8 Figure : 0
Construction
Type : 74 gun 3rd rate Built : 1744  
Shipyard : Rochefort, France
Hull material : oak  
Dimensions
Size : 1800 tonnes Length : 57 m Beam : 16 m
History
Sunk : 1758 Cause : hit sand bank Date Found : 1979
Depth
  Shallowest Deepest
Top : 6 m 0 m
Deck :
7 m 0 m
Bed : 7 m 0 m
Postition
Orientation : N Lying : On port side Condition : Extensive breakup
Seabed Type : Sand
Artifacts : At national collection - Chatham Historic Dockyard
Wreck Owner
Owner : The Admiralty and National Monuments
Access : No access
War Grave : Unknown Protected : Unknown
Restrictions : An area within 100m radius of position 50 44.34' N., 01 02.23' W.. Charts affected: 2050, 3418. This site is a designated Historic Wreck under the Protection of Wrecks Act, 1973
When to Dive Best time to dive the wreck, relative to high wate
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Notes :

The Invincible (originally L' Invincible), a 74 gun third rate, was captured from the French in 1747 and lost in 1758. The site of her loss, relocated in 1979, has been partially excavated and a large number of objects have been raised and conserved. Some of these artefacts can be found at Chatham Historic Dockyard.
ADU designation: September 30, 1980; 1980 No. 2; 1980/1307.
ADU licences: 1980-1 excavation; 1982 survey; 1983-90 excavation; 1991-4 survey.

References :
Bingeman, J. M., 1985, Interim report on artefacts recovered from Invincible (1758) between 1979 and 1984. IJNA 14.3: 191-210. Bingeman, J., 1981, HMS Invincible (1758) wreck site. IJNA 10.2: 154-6. Lavery, B., 1988, The Royal Navy's first Invincible. Portsmouth. ISBN 0-7153-9028-7. Mack, A. T., 1992, The influence of the French on British shipbuilding in the eighteenth century. Flagship (Journal of the World Ship Trust) 1:14-26.
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Added by:
ZX7Kirk
Posted on : September 12, 2008
I am new to diving and i was wondering how you go about organising a dive on a protected wreck? it would be awesome to dive on this wreck. do you have to be a qualified marine archaeologist?

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