MAHS in England
The Great Storm Project


The storm struck from the southwest.   In the English Channel, fierce winds and high seas swamped some vessels outright and drove others hard onto an area known as the Goodwin Sands.

The Goodwin Sands are an extensive sand bank situated along the southeast coast of England.   Between the Goodwins and the town of Deal, located 6 miles to the west, lies the Downs, the traditional anchorage for sailing ships waiting either for passage up the Thames estuary to the port of London or for favorable winds to take them out into the Channel and the Atlantic Ocean.  

Goodwin Sands

Up to 10 miles long, the Goodwin Sands constantly shift in the winds and tidal currents.   Maps of the bank are impossible to maintain, and thus thousands of ships have wrecked there over the years.

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