New evidence reveals Goodwin Sands shipwreck’s secrets
Crew members of a ship which sank off the Kent coast more than 275 years ago have been identified.
Researchers used archive documents to name 19 of the 237 shipmen who were on board the Dutch ship the Rooswijk.
Among them were a senior surgeon, a 19-year-old on his first voyage and a sailor who had previously survived a shipwreck.
The vessel, which was carrying coins and silver ingots, sank on Goodwin Sandsin January 1740.
More than a thousand vessels are known to have been wrecked on the notorious sandbanks, dubbed “the great ship swallower”.