Divers have found the wreck of a 17th century sailing ship close to the main shipping channel in Poole Harbour.

Divers have found the wreck of a 17th century sailing ship close to the main shipping channel in Poole Harbour.

The find will complicate plans to deepen the channel by 1.5m to allow larger vessels to use the ferry port, and measures will be put in place to protect the site when dredging starts in October.

English Heritage will designate the wreck to protect it from unlicensed divers, while Poole Harbour Commissioners will monitor the site to keep unauthorised visitors away.