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Burntisland Roads

A channel located within the Firth of Forth, Burntisland Roads lies to the east of Mortimer's Deep, a mile (1.5 km) south of Burntisland. With a depth of between 10m (32 feet) and 30m (98 feet) and a bottom which is a mixture of sand, mud, coal and shell, this has been a valued anchorage, particularly by the Royal Navy during the First World War. It was while at anchor here in 1918 that the aircraft carrier HMS Campania collided with the other capital ships HMS Arc Royal and HMS Glorious during a storm and sank. The bark Blessing was lost here, in a storm on 10th July 1633, while crossing to Leith carrying silver plate and household items for King Charles I (1600-49).


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