Sunday, 7 February 2016

Vanishing wreck, Westward Ho!

The vanishing wreck on Westward Ho! beachEvery few years the shifting sands of Westward Ho! beach reveal the remains of a wooden ship which has been seen intermittently since at least the mid 19th century, when it was described as “a very old wreck”.
The oak-framed ship lies parallel to the pebble ridge, about 650 metres to the seaward side.  It is around 25 metres long and 7.6 metres wide with semicircular bows (at the north end) and a more oval stern.  The planking is joined to the frames by trunnels (wooden nails, which swelled as they absorbed water).  Trunnels were used in shipbuilding from prehistoric times until the late 18th century.=READ MORE =

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