Shipwrecks

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The mysterious sinking of the Admiral Von Tromp On Saltwick Bay near Whitby lies a wreck. Many people stand and stare at this. Many a tourist will ask the name of the stricken vessel. It is a wrecked trawler named the 'Admiral Von Tromp&#...

Hangings and Shipwrecks - Life onshore and off shore in scarborough George Tinker described harbour events at Scarborough. There was the singular instance of no ship in the harbour except new ships on the 28th June 1814. Shipbuilder Joseph Heward ...

A few years later a young solicitor (Joshua Rowntree) told of the wreck of the Mary on 26 October 1869, in a letter written that night. He had left his office at the end of the day's work and found a crowd of people between the Grand Hotel an...

Wreck of the SS Lady Anne - 16th February 1917 At 2.40 p.m. the LADY ANN was proceeding on a S by E course, with Scarborough bearing W by N at about 3 miles, when there was a terrific explosion. A survivor T. Collinson A. B. said that “The b...

The Sincere, registered in Aberdeen as A555 but fishing out of Scarborough, was lost on 28th May 1968. At 3 a.m. in the thick fog she ran aground onto rocks just south of Cayton Bay in an area called Black Horse Rocks under the sheer 300 foot cli...

The following story is based upon a real life account written by Forrest Frank based upon a story by Captain Wyrill. These appeared in the Scarborough Daily Post in 1920 as part of the 'Sea Dogs' stories by Forrest Frank. My father was...

The Merrie Islington - sunk by a U-boat off Whitby Many of the articles involved on this site involve a personal journey. They link to someones family history which has been meticulously researched. This is one such article. I was contacted by a H...

Wreck of the SS Norhilda - 21st August 1917 The NORHILDA was proceeding north to the Tyne making 7 knots following the line of War Channel Buoys, the wake of a torpedo was seen just before it struck at 4.15 p.m. The explosion blew a large hole on ...

Thomas Hinderwell was a famous Scarborough historian. He was also a shipowner and personally involved in the establishment of the first lifeboat in Scarborough. His animated account of two Scarborough men shipwrecked in the Baltic and helped by l...

Many people assume that shipwrecks are a thing of the past. In the 1800's wrecks were expected especially in the era of the sailing ship as vessels were driven onto the shore by huge storms. Nowadays it is surprising how many boats are lost. ...

Schermuly Rocket Line Thrower The Schermuly Line Thrower was invented by William Schermuly and his son, Capt. Conrad D. Schermuly DCM. William Schermuly was born in 1857. He went to sea on HMS Warspite and other ships. After leaving a ma...

The following story was told by Sholto Percy in The Percy anecdotes. It refers to shipwrecked mariners saved through a dream. It has no connection with Scarborough but is still extremely interesting In June, 1695, the ship Mary, commanded by C...

Shipwrecks - how to survive This article is based upon some quotes from an old Yorkshire historian Canon Cooper on Shipwrecks. The most terrible wreck of our times was that of the Titanic, the fight for places in Lifeboats so desperate a ships ...

Sinking of HMS Esk The following was written by Herbert Vaughan, and provides a first hand account of the sinking of HMS Esk. NO RETURN TICKET - At war with Germany, September, 1939. A diary written by Herbert Vaughn (Telman (Communications ...

Shipwreck in the South Bay In Scarborough's South Bay a wreck of an old wooden boat is exposed when the sand is washed away by strong tides. George Westwood presents some compelling ideas as to its origin: Having done a great deal of...

In June, 1915 the Condor blew up. It was sunk by a U-Boat off Cloughton. All the crew were lost. These were the bare facts. Yet what is easily forgotten is an epic attempt by the skipper Tip Heritage to save his own life. He swam all the way f...

Life at sea is often dangerous and the most difficult thing is to watch as fishermen are in trouble and yet you can do nothing. Tommy Rowley recalls "I remember the loss of the Admiral Von Tromp. I watched on as I saw this trawler strande...

U-boat wreck map - Yorkshire Coast   ...

A shipwreck near Whitby - epic account printed by Hinderwell Deliverance from Shipwreck,near Whitby. Copy of a letter from Captain Cannon of Dunbar, respecting his remarkable deliverance from Shipwreck near Whitby. This was printed in Thomas Hinde...

Particulars of the loss of the barque Mary Stoddart, of this port. Saturday April 17th Scarborough Mercury. Intelligence has been received of the shipwreck of the Mary Stoddart, of this port, Captain Avery Hill, from Alexandria to Glasgow, ...

One of the finest maritime books written is 'Shipwrecks of the Yorkshire Coast' by Arthur Geodfrey & Peter Lassey (published in 1974 by Dalesman Books). They spent many years researching details about the wrecks along the Yorkshire Co...

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