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Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War

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What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocahce (container) hidden at that location.

The Maritime Archaeology Trust will be hiding 6 geocaches at historical locations along the south coast. The first one is already in place, but watch this space over the course of the project for more.

How can you play?

1. Register for a free Geocaching membership.
2. Take a look at the Geocaching Guide.
3. Get 'caching!

Forgotten Wrecks Geocaches 

1. Old Contemptibles
The port of Southampton was the main embarkation point for the British Expeditionary Force soldiers leaving UK for the western front in France and Flanders at the beginning of 1914. Through this geocache you will discover one of the places that links Southampton with the First World War, specifically the role of Southampton Docks during the war. You will also find out who the ‘Old Contemptibles’ were and why this location is important in their history.  This geocache will take you to one of the historical buildings of Southampton: the former Docks’ Post Office and Telegraph building, dating from 1902.

Find out more at:

BBC Radio  about the role of the Port of Southampton throughout WW1

Further information about BEF and Beatrix Brice Miller:

Further information about BEF


2. Lost at Sea 

The War Memorial in the village of Netley Marsh, on the edge of the New Forest, commemorates the 30 men from the Parish who fell in the Great War. Finding this Geocache will allow you to discover the stories of the 7 who were lost at sea. 

See also our news article which contains a link to the Geocache listing to get you started! 


3. The Ponus 

The location of this cache overlooks the wreck of the British Cargo Steamer SS Ponus. Caught in a storm off the coast of Cornwall in November 1916, The Ponus was driven ashore on Gyllngvase beach where it’s cargo of oil caught fire and burned for three days. Thanks to several daring rescues, all hands were saved.

We are grateful to Cornish Maid and Rudger for creating this Geocache on our behalf, adopting it as the 6th Cache in their Wreck and Rescue series

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