Shortly after, the SS Lusitania hit what is presumed to be the same mine. The Anglia sank in under 15 minutes.
Mines and self-propelled torpedoes made sea travel during the First World War incredibly risky. Though maritime disasters such as the sinking of the RMS Lusitania are well-known, when considering the sheer volume and casualties of maritime warfare, it is less commonplace to consider the smaller skirmishes.
Indeed, there are over a thousand wartime wrecks along England’s south coast alone. The “Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War,” a Heritage Lottery Funded project devised and delivered by the Maritime Archaeology Trust (MAT), was carried out over four years coinciding with the centennial of the First World War (2014-2018) in an effort to enrich knowledge of these wartime wrecks.