SS Mendi's stories told almost 100 years after sinking





Many in the UK have never heard of SS Mendi, yet in South Africa's Easten Cape Province she is as famous as RMS Titanic.

In February 1917, she was lost off the south coast of the Isle of Wight with, 600 troops on board.

Diver Martin Woodward was the first person to find and identify the wreck of SS Mendi in 1974.

It was not until later he discovered the tragic story behind the artefacts that he brought to the surface.

Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick of Wessex Archaeology has been researching SS Mendi and following a geophysical survey of the wreck site has created a 3-dimensional computer model.



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