WWII Torpedo Found in Portsmouth Harbour

10.09.2016Major dredging works in Portsmouth Harbour uncovered a WWII torpedo, causing some temporary disruption to ferry and rail services. The dredging barge identified the torpedo with its underwater camera before promptly informing the authorities.

The Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, based at Portsmouth, towed the torpedo out of Portsmouth Harbour and into open sea off the Isle of Wight where it was destroyed in a controlled explosion.

UXO is regularly dredged up in Portsmouth Harbour, which has been a major naval base for centuries and was both heavily bombed and defended during WWII in particular.

Fortunately, the dredging company were alert to the potential dangers and had the appropriate safety protocols in place to ensure minimum disruption.