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A World War II torpedo has been blown up in the sea off the Isle of Wight after it was found by a dredging barge on the seabed in Portsmouth Harbour. The device was discovered by the vessel's underwater cameras in the harbour at about 15:00 BST on Friday. It was towed by a Navy bomb disposal team to a detonation site in the Solent, where a controlled explosion was carried out at 08:45. Following the find, some trains were halted and early ferries were delayed. Wightlink Ferries said services were now back on schedule. The train line between Portsmouth and Southsea and Portsmouth Harbour has also re-opened.

 

A spokesman for Portsmouth's Queen's Harbour Master said: "We worked very hard to make sure the harbour was not closed. "There were restrictions put in place for public safety and there was a certain amount of disruption to vessels earlier while the torpedo was towed out." Dredging work being carried out in Portsmouth harbour to allow the the navy's new 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers to dock.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-37327555

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Bombs would make sense, but torpedos are a bit strange. Does that mean the Germans managed to fire off torpedoes directly into Portsmouth harbour? From where? Or maybe could they have been launched/fired from the air? In which case, wonder why they didn't explode.

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Bombs would make sense, but torpedos are a bit strange. Does that mean the Germans managed to fire off torpedoes directly into Portsmouth harbour? From where? Or maybe could they have been launched/fired from the air? In which case, wonder why they didn't explode.

 

Would they definitely be German? What about being our own from practices etc?

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Bombs would make sense, but torpedos are a bit strange. Does that mean the Germans managed to fire off torpedoes directly into Portsmouth harbour? From where? Or maybe could they have been launched/fired from the air? In which case, wonder why they didn't explode.

 

 

There are more to be found in Portsmouth Harbour, I'm sure we haven't heard the last of this. Look at the north of the harbour near to UHAV, there are hundreds there. So many, they won't touch them!

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There is a disused quarry just north of Angers in France full of unexploded American ordnance from the second world war. As the Germans withdrew and the Americans advanced towards Paris the allies had no time or people available to collect up those bombs or shells which had failed to explode. The French, when they got around to doing so, were faced with such an enormous task that they decided to stockpile all the ordnance in the quarry until the Americans could come back and collect it. They never did. As the quarry already had water in it the authorities decided to cover the bombs with layers of sand and then larger rocks and hope for the best. The site is today continually monitored by the army engineering corps as occasionally a shell makes its way to the surface when the water level drops in the summer or when local seismic activity occurs and they then remove it and make it safe. Nobody knows exactly how much is in there or how stable the explosives are but as long as they stay under water they hope there is no risk of an explosion.

 

It sounds like Portsmouth Harbour had a similar ordnance dump but with the added problem of tidal currents.

 

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Another unexplored bomb has been discovered in Portsmouth Harbour. A controlled explosion is planned for the early hours. Gunwharf Quays Is closing early, at 11pm as a precaution. There is no expected delay to BFs services.

 

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/business/update-police-order-gunwharf-quays-evacuation-by-11pm-over-unexploded-german-500kg-second-world-war-bomb-1-7605829?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

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