Richard Montgomery


Richard Montgomery was a EC2-S--C1 type Liberty ship laid down at St.Johns River Shipbuilding Company Ltd on Jacksonville in March 1943, and was launched two months later. On her final voyage she left Philadelphia in the US in early August 1944 loaded with 6127 tons of ammunition, final destination Cherbourg in in France. She arrived England and was ordered to anchor outside Sheerness in the Thames Estuary and await further orders. 20.August 1944 a strong gale forced her to drag the anchor and drift, making her run aground on a sandbank near Sheppey. Three days later an operation to remove the cargo started, and they succeeded in removing some of the cargo before she sank in September 1944. Today the wreck rest on her keel in two parts on depth of approx 15 meters., with her three masts still visible on the surface The wreck is considered to be  dangerous and is surveyed almost every year. The area is totally of limit, and it is not allowed to access the area.

Former names:
Richard Montgomery

439,5 x 55,8 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
7176 grt
Jacksonville ( US) 1943
Washington ( US )

Picture: Liberty ship Edwin L Drake,
similar construction as Richard Montgomery

Courtesy of Armed Guard

Last updated: December 2019