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Not far out to sea, marked by three crosses, 14000 tons of high explosives buried in the liberty of its belly. This wartime souverneer is common knowledge, but whisper to your self, you can see the end of the world from hear.... What if there was no land left, what if it was all gone. What if the sea should turn into a faceless Gorgan and swallow up its islands.......
According to a BBC news report in 1970, it was determined that if the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery exploded, it would throw a 1,000-foot-wide (300 m) column of water and debris nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 m) into the air and generate a wave 16 feet (5 m) high. Almost every window in Sheerness (pop. c20,000) would be broken and buildings would be damaged by the blast.
Tests in 1970 showed that a blast at low tide, when the wreck is covered by only 36ft of water, would hurl a 1,000ft-wide column of mud, metal and munitions almost 10,000ft into the air,