The hidden secrets of HMS Invincible, a Royal Navy ship which sank in the 1750s, have gone on display for the first time in Poole, Dorset. 

Artifacts have been removed from the wreck of HMS Invincible, which has lain on the seabed of the Solent, just off St Helens on the Isle of Wight, since 1758.

The ship herself is historically very important, due to her unusual origin. She was French-built, captured by the British and used to strengthen the Royal Navy.

But her wreck site is in peril - and archaeologists like Dan Pascoe say it's important what's there is preserved. He said:

"This design went on to influence British ship design... At the Battle of Trafalgar 50% of the ships, actually not just on the British side but on all sides [including] the French and the Spanish, were of this type, this 74-gun ship."

Teams from Marine Archaeology Sea Trust, working with Bournemouth University and the National Museum of the Royal Navy, have been salvaging what they can. 

Archaeologists researching the wreck have been awarded money from Libor bank fines to aid their efforts - and they're specifically hoping to get serving or former military personnel involved in the project. 

Oxford University archaeologist and Royal Navy reservist Giles Richardson said:

"There's a big disconnect. I think if you're serving full-time you think archaeology is a strange thing academics do in universities... and it's really not true.

"Everything around us connects to our history. I want people to realise that the past is alive today and they can get involved." 

As with the Mary Rose, HMS Invincible provides a snapshot on Royal Navy.

The ship sank after getting her rudder caught on a sandbank. 

More of her secrets are likely to be discovered next year when the team her dive her wreck once more. 

With thanks to Mike Pitts for video footage.

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