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Spiral 1915

Spiral 1915

A lovely set of photos of the Steam Collier Spiral stranded on Salt Scar rocks.

Fred Brunskill advises: ”The ‘Spiral’ laden with coal was aground on Saltscar rocks for some weeks and some local fishermen were employed to dump the cargo to lighten the vessel, this was succesful and the ‘Spiral’ was re-floated and taken to Hartlepool for urgent repairs.
The ‘Fifi and Charles’ was Redcar’s lifeboat at the time and was often used to ferry the local men backwards and forwards to the ship. The above photo was taken as soldiers from the local army camp assisting the launching crew. At that time horses and manpower was the only was of launching and retrieving the lifeboats.”

Thanks to Fred for that update.

Ficara

Ficara

Yes I do know the name of this one but only because it’s written in the caption.

Recovery

Recovery

That is just what it needs recovering, what a lot of ships came agound at Redcar

Lord Cecil

Lord Cecil

A little undignified for a lord, but Fred Brunskill tells us: ”The steam powerered trawler Lord Cecil was a brand new vessel built at Smiths Docks for the Grimsby Beacon Trawling Company. She left the Tees bound for Grimsby but became grounded inside of Westscar and was rolling so violently that during the rescue Redcar’s ‘Fifi & Charles’ lifeboat was damaged in the process. On subsequent tides she drifted onto the beach opposite the bandstand.”

Thanks to Fred for that update.

S.S.R.F. Berg

S.S.R.F. Berg

Ashore at Redcar 9th November 1914.  Okay now my ignorance shows again what do the initials  S.S.R.F stand for?

Details in Redcar Shipwrecks list give the vessel as SS Berg, perhaps there was a typographical slip? John

Caulonia

Caulonia

Steam Trawler Caulonia ashore once again at Redcar 25th February 1915

Geoff Ayre tells us: ”I remember in the 1950s going on a pleasure boat (ie fisherman’s boat) and at low tide stuck on the rocks was the bow of a ship. Later destroyed, as I heard the ship blown up owing to ships heading for the mouth of the Tees being drawn toward the wreck whilst waiting for the tide.”
If any body can assist with a date for destruction, the site would be grateful.
Thanks to Geoff for the additional information.

Diamond Jubilee

Diamond Jubilee

Okay here comes the question again, where was Moss Farm in Loftus, or do they mean Mars Farm? As Terry Shaw has discovered it was a misprint and often happened in the situation regarding Mars Farm. Thanks to Terry for the comment.

Cutting from a collection gifted to the Archive, most of the cuttings coming from the Northern Echo and cover the period 1930 to 1940.

Hugh Bell

Hugh Bell

“The tugboat Sir Hugh Bell ran aground 06/01/1926 on Coatham Sands. The tug boat was trying to recover a buoy which had broken away, and washed up on the beach. It was reported that the tug boat would not be able to get off the sands for the next 10 days when high tides were expected.”
Details courtesy of  Redcar Shipwrecks list. 

Now another question why are all the ships called she?  No rude answers :-)

54 Years Service

54 Years Service

Mr Arthur Gill’s retirement with Mr V. Caney and Mr Fothergill. Were you there?

Back right there is Billy Winspear and Brian Atkinson,in the middle back is Arthur Summers, can you helpwith any other names? George Brown tells us:”I worked in the boilershop, Desmond Want is b0ttom right corner . Second from left is Edgar Noble . Top left corner looks like George Gill. More names for this photo as passed to me by Mr B Atkinson. Back Row: Man with spectacles Mr R Milner, ??, tie and pullover Mr J SHAW, ??, ??, forward a little Mr J Boardman, next Mr M Wilks, Mr J Preston, Mr B Atkinson, Mr G Gill. Next Row: Mr E Noble, forward Mr B Shaw, Mr A Crispin, Mr W Fothergill, half hidden is MrJ Gill, right is Mr D Want. Front as you read is MR A Gill and Mr V Caney. Hope this fills a bit more of the gaps the rest may come to us later?”
Image courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to George Brown for the updates.

Crag Hall

Crag Hall

Once again a photo loaned to us by Eric Johnson, do you the names of the two men?