HMS Sussex Sinks Killing 498 People


HMS Sussex

Accident type : Wrecked
Vessel involved : HMS Sussex
Location : Strait of Gibraltar
Date : 1st March 1694
Casualties : 498 people died


Name : HMS Sussex
Built : 1693
Class & type : 80-gun 3rd-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen : 1263 bm
Length : 157 ft 2 in (47.9 m)
Beam : 41 ft 4 in (12.6 m)

HMS Sussex was an 80-gun third-rate ship of the line of the English Royal Navy launched at Chatham Dockyard on 11th April 1693 and was the pride of the Royal Navy.

On 27th February, a violent storm hit the flotilla near the Strait of Gibraltar and in the early morning of 1st March 1694, HMS Sussex sank.  There were only two survivors out of a crew of 500.

On board were possibly 10 tons of gold coins.  This could now be worth more than $500 million, including the bullion and antiquity values, making it one of the most valuable wrecks ever.

Source: Wikipedia


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