Posts for Wrecks

The Bencoolen

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. […]

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Bencoolen – the wreck

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.

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Bencoolen – the wreckage

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 […]

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Elizabeth Scown on the breakwater in 1877

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 […]

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Unknown wreck on Summerleaze

Wreckage on Summerleaze beach but I am not sure from which vessel they originated; there were many wrecks in this area.

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Woodbridge at Nortcott Mouth 1915

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 […]

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Woodbridge at Northcott Mouth 1915

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.

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Refloating the Woodbridge 1915

A large crowd watches the refloating of the Woodbridge on 29th April 1915; she ran aground in fog at Northcott Mouth three weeks earlier.

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The Wild Pigeon wrecked under Summerleaze cliffs 1904

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 […]

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Villasandino at Compass Point 1925

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 […]

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