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A photo mosaic showing the inshore Chesil Beach cannon site with its eight cast iron cannons

Two Wrecks Spanning Almost 300 Years of History Granted Protection

20 August 2017

Wrecks of merchant ships containing 15 cast iron English cannons off Chesil Beach and a First World War mine-laying U-boat off Whitby protected.