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Explosive dilemma for Gensler's floating airport dream

Of the potential obstacles to Gensler’s floating island airport proposal, the most explosive is the SS Richard Montgomery.

The ship, which sank in the Thames Estuary in August 1944 a couple of miles from Southend, is loaded with 1,500 tons of munitions that can significantly damage the Kent coast and any airport in the estuary. A public meeting, entitled ‘A disaster waiting to happen’, in Chatham tomorrow night (27 September) will discuss the wreck’s effect on Kent and the airport proposals. The event is free to attend. Details at


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