The Steamship Corinia was built in 1928 by the Scott Shipbuilding & Engineering Co on the Clyde for the Northwest Shipping Company Ltd. She was 60mtrs in length with a beam of 9mtrs and had a draft of 4mtrs, She had a 3 cylinder triple expansion engine producing 99hp. The gross tonnage was 708tons.
The wreck of the SS Corinia is approximately 20 nautical miles from Sovereign Harbour Eastbourne and rests right on the edge of the West bound shipping lane in a group of 4 wrecks, 3 are known and 1 is still unidentified. So close to the lanes they are you can hear the engines of other merchant vessels as they head down channel.
On the 10th March 1941 whilst in convoy the British armed steamer SS Corinia was enroute from Blyth to Cowes on the Isle of Wight with a cargo of Coal. She struck a mine and sunk 10miles to the South West off Dungeness point. Fourteen of her crew were lost. The other 2 Steamships that were sunk that day were the SPARTA SS, & the WATERLAND SS, all sunk due to the minefield.
At the time of the sinking the ship broke in 2 and sank to the bottom and is now in a depth of approx. 40mtrs.