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H.M.S. CARENTAN

50 34.986N ; 01 56.210W.
HMS Carentan
Name(s): HMS Carentan.
Depth: 30m
Location: Swanage (1/4 mile east of Kyarra site)
Type: Wreck

Marks:
50.34.986N
01.56.210W

Description: French submarine chaser, seized by British and later during WW2 handed over to the Free French. 120ft long with only 20ft of beam and perhaps carrying too much ordinance/weapons? (A heavy gun was bolted to the deck and many depth charges, some of which are still on site!) She capsized and sank on the 21st December 1943. while escorting the incoming British submarine HMS Rorqual in a storm.

Only 6 of the 23 crew survived 1 being picked up by Rorqual and the remainder saved by the Swanage lifeboat from the upturned hull! The lifeboat crew returned to Swanage to get cutting gear from a local garage. then returned to the Carentan in a full gale to try to rescue the sailors trapped in the upturned ship. Unfortunately she had already slipped to her final resting place.

Lots of ammunition and ordinance on this wreck, including depth charges, so leave well alone!

This is a war grave. so please respect it as such.

'In my youth I had the privilege of hearing first hand the tale of this wreck from "old hands" who were on the lifeboat which answered the call, very moving, and something that obviously had a deep effect on them.'

Mike Marsh.

Text kindly written by Mike Marsh.

Divernet wreck tour.


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