Posts for Wrecks
The Bencoolen on which much of Bude was built
We’ve all read about the wreckage of the Bencoolen in 1862. Indeed, there are many reminders around Bude, such as the Bencoolen Bridge, the Bencoolen Inn, and even the Bencoolen Wreckers. The Bencoolen is the most famous of all the Bude shipwrecks. It would have been a dramatic sight in […]
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. Information about the Bencoolen wreck, from which all this emanates, is in the Castle Heritage Centre, Bude, originally built by […]
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 many years, marked the boundary of the river bank along the Strand is said to have come from amongst it.
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 storm in February 1904. She later became a total wreck.