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BIG BOOM ! - Steamship Somali exlpodes after being torpedoed.

A nuclear bomb ? No, it is the P & O Steamship “Somali”, carrying various cargo, as well as possibly explosives, (which may explain the massive force of the explosion) which exploded after being torpedoed offshore between Seahouses and Beadnell, during WW II in 1941.

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Windows were blown out on shore, and North Sunderland (Seahouses) and Boulmer Lifeboats which were alongside, escaped miraculously with some damage but no serious injury.
All though very little now remains of the wreck, it remains a very popular dive site, for visiting groups of divers.
Visit the wreck video at YouTube or read the story in detail at Divernet, the Online Diver Mag.