Record Details

NHER Number:15531
Type of record:Maritime
Name:World War Two wreck


The wreck of the 'Vena', which was used for target practice during World War Two.


  • The wreck of the 'Vena' in Burnham Norton was used for target practice during World War Two  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TF 7827 4638
Map Sheet:TF74NE

Full description

Originally intended as a blocking ship for Great Yarmouth harbour in World War II; instead towed to Brancaster and used for target practice.
Location from D. Edwards (NAU).
E. Rose (NAU) 14 December 1979.

22 April 1982. Grid reference corrected when seen from other side of channel by E. Rose (NAU).
Only three sections of superstructure now remain above the sand.

3 August 1997. Visited at low tide.
Three sections of wreck still remain, as before.
See (S1).
D. Gurney (NLA), 4 August 1997.

19 June 1995. NLA air photography.
Wreck visible, 3 sections still remain as before.
H. Clare (NLA), 18 April 2001.

(NGR corrected from TF 7842 4599)
January 2001. NMP.
Wreck recorded as NHER 15531 was visible at TF 7827 4639 on 1945 aerial photographs, see (S2).
A. Hunt (NMP), 24 January 2001.

May-November 2004. Norfolk Rapid Coastal Zone Archaeological Survey.
Inter-tidal survey (Environmental Zone 8), Context 943:
A steel wreck or hulk measuring around 72m long and 15m wide. Embedded in beach sand at the western tip of Scolt Head Island between TF 78198 46466 and TF 78313 46403.
See assessment report (S3) for further details.
The associated archive has been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 2017.421).
J. Allen (NLA), 18 April 2005. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 20 July 2019.

Monument Types

  • WRECK (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1977-1982. [Articles on the safety hazard that the Vena wreck causes to holiday makers].
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1995. TF7846/B - H.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 2000. Blast it for Jake's sake. 18 August.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1981. [Photograph of the Vena wreck]. 28 August.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Slide: Various. Slide.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1945. RAF 106G/UK 403 Frms 4046-4047 18-JUN-1945 (NMR).
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Robertson, D., Crawley, P., Barker, A., and Whitmore, S. 2005. Norfolk Rapid Coastal Zone Archaeological Survey. Assessment Report and Updated Project Design. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 1045.

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