Latitude 50° 19.451 N
Longitude 004° 10.018 W
Depth 12m
Accuracy 20m
Location Description South of Knap buoy
Reference NMR 880825
Craft type Motor fishing vessel
Date built Unknown
Date of loss 5th October 1940
Manner of loss Mined
Outcome Abandoned
Construction Wood
Propulsion Oil
Nationality United Kingdom
Departure port Plymouth
Destination port Plymouth
Armament None
Crew 4
Built Unknown
Master Unknown
Owners Royal Navy


The Encourage was a 45-ton Admiralty motor fishing vessel that is believed to have detonated a magnetic mine near the Breakwater while leaving the Sound for the fishing grounds on 5th October 1940. Her crew of four were all lost in the accident. The mine is suspected to have been one of many dropped by parachutes from German aircraft.

Diving the Encourage

The Encourage lies in 12 metres of water approximately 170m south of the Knap buoy and for a time, her mast protruded above the surface at low water. Now she is totally broken up and the engine block, guardrails and pieces of decking are all that remain, as well as plenty of broken pottery.  She is scattered over a reasonably large area and the bottom is rocky with deep gulleys.

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