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The Protection of Wrecks (Designation No. 1) Order 1998

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This Statutory Instrument has been made in consequence of a defect in S.I. 1997/1528 and is being issued free of charge to all known recipients of that Statutory Instrument.

Statutory Instruments

1998 No. 1650


The Protection of Wrecks (Designation No. 1) Order 1998


7th July 1998

Laid before Parliament

8th July 1998

Coming into force

29th July 1998

The Secretary of State, being satisfied that the site identified in article 2 of this Order is the site of a vessel lying wrecked on or in the sea bed and that, on account of the historical and archaeological importance of the vessel the site ought to be protected from unauthorised interference, after consulting with the persons referred to in section 1(4) of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973(1) in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by section 1(1), (2) and (4) and section 3(2) of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 and all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby makes the following order:

Citation and commencement

1.  This Order may be cited as The Protection of Wrecks (Designation No. 1) Order 1998 and shall come into force on 29th July 1998.

Identification of site and designation of restricted area

2.—(1) The site in respect of which this Order is made is hereby identified as the site where the vessel HMS “Assurance” lies wrecked on the sea bed at Latitude 50°39'.70 North, Longitude 01°35'.45 West.

(2) The area to the west of Longitude 01°35'.35 West within a distance of 200 m of Latitude 50°39'.70 North, Longitude 01°35'.43 West, but excluding any part of that area which lies above the high water mark of ordinary spring tides, shall be a restricted area for the purposes of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973.


3.—(1) The Protection of Wrecks (Designation) Order 1997(2) is hereby revoked.

Tony Banks

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State,

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

7th July 1998

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)

Article 2 of this Order designates as a restricted area for the purposes of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 an area near the Needles, Isle of Wight around the site of the wreck of the vessel HMS “Assurance” which is of historical and archaeological importance. The site was previously designated by the Protection of Wrecks (Designation) Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/1528), which has been found to contain erroneous co-ordinates. The earlier Order is revoked by article 3 of this Order.

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