The Bencoolen is a name etched into the annals of Bude history. We have Bencoolen Road, the Bencoolen Bridge, the Bencoolen Inn, and even the shanty singers, the Bencoolen Wreckers. […]
The last sad remains of the Bencoolen, wrecked under Summerleaze cliffs in 1862, with much loss of life, rest at low water mark, beyond Barrel Rock.
The Summerleaze beach foreshore is littered with debris from the wreck of the Bencoolen, which broke up under the cliffs there in a storm in 1862. The wire which, for […]
The schooner Elizabeth Scown, grounded at the end of the breakwater in 1877, whilst bringing in a cargo of stone for an extension to St Michael’s church. The stone was […]
Wreckage on Summerleaze beach but I am not sure from which vessel they originated; there were many wrecks in this area.
Not, strictly speaking, a wreck, since she was later refloated, the Woodbridge – a freighter carrying iron ore – ran aground in fog at Northcott Mouth on Easter Sunday in […]
Another shot of SS Woodbridge, a freighter which ran aground in fog on 4th April 1915. She was later refloated, with the use of tugs.
A large crowd watches the refloating of the Woodbridge on 29th April 1915; she ran aground in fog at Northcott Mouth three weeks earlier.
A view of the Wild Pigeon, lying under Summerleaze cliffs, after being washed out of the locks by the rush of water when the lock gates were smashed in a […]
The Villasandino ran aground under Compass Point on 28th February 1925 after drifting for some days – she had earlier broken down off Lundy and her crew were taken off […]