Record Details

NHER Number:18700
Type of record:Maritime
Name:Post medieval wreck


A wreck is marked on an Admiralty chart of 1957. It could either be the cargo ship Nubia, which sank after a collision in 1915, or HMS Invincible, a seventy four gun ship, which sank in May 1801 with the loss of 119 souls who were buried in an unmarked grave at Happisburgh (see NHER 7091).

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On Admiralty chart 1957, as at 52 degrees 52' north, 1 degree 55' east.
E. Rose (NAU), 28 January 1983.

Survey record of steel cargo ship Nubia at 52.52.45 north, 001.31.30 east is nearest to this position.
Lost 23 January 1915 in collision en route Tyne to Cherbourg.
Cargo of coal.

Could not be found in 1932 but reported seen in underwater operations 1971.
E. Rose 27 January 1984.

However this and site NHER 18701 are nearest positions to claimed resting place of HMS Invincible sunk 2.30pm 16 May 1801.
Third rate ship of seventy four guns.
119 bodies were buried in unmarked grave at Happisburgh.
See newspaper (S1) report in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 8 November 1985.

HMS Invincible foundered on shifting sandbanks in March 1801 with the loss of 400 lives.
She was on her way to join Nelson at the Battle of Copenhagen, and the loss of life from the shipwreck was greater than in the battle itself. (S2)
D. Gurney (NLA), 7 December 2009.

Monument Types

  • WRECK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1985. New light on the sinking of the Invincible. 26 October.
<S2>*Verbal Communication: Roy Clare (MLA). 2009. [unknown].

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