British Inventor

The British Inventor struck a mineBuilt in 1926 by Palmer & Co of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the British Inventor was a 7101 ton Oil Tanker. On the 13th of June 1940 she was fully loaded and on route from Abadan (Iran) to the Hamble, when she struck a mine 5 miles off of St. Alban's head. They managed to beach her on the Lulworth Banks as she sank, but unfortunately she broke in two.

British Inventor stern being salvagedThe stern section was salvaged, but the bow section remains. The wreck is well scattered with plenty of marine life among the remaining ribs and plates.

Supposedly the stern section was refloated and "attached" to another ship - anyone got any details?


Depth: 20m
Location: 50°35,428'N 02°18,448'W
Access: Hard Boat

Aeolian Sky (‘The Sky’)

Alex Van Opstal (‘The Alex’)

Bennendijk, SS (‘The Benny’)

Betsy Anna (‘The Betsy’)

Black Hawk

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British Inventor

Ceres, SS

Countess of Erne, The

Eleanor / Elena R


Fleur de Lys (‘The Fleur’)

James Fennell, HMAT

Kimmeridge Reef

Luis, The

M2 (Submarine), HMS

Margaret Smith (‘The Maggie’)


Salsette, SS

Serrana, SS

Sidon, HMS

St. Dunstan

Sunderland Flying Boat – G-AGKY

Sunderland Flying Boat – ML883

Sunderland Flying Boat – PP118

The Clan Macvey

The Pin Wreck

U-1195, Submarine (U-Boat)

Unidentified Flying Boat

Valentine Tanks

War Knight, SS

Warwick Deeping, HMS