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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.

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 :-)

Athina Lavanos

Athina Lavanos

28th  February 1937 is the date of this one I wonder how many ships came aground off Redcar?

Taxiarchis – 1952

Fred Brunskill advises us: ”The Greek steamship Taxiarchis struck the Westscar rocks during the afternoon of January 14th, 1952 I remember watching the five tugs brought from the Tees as they tried to refloat her. Although the weather had been calm when she became grounded, worsening gales proved too much for the hull and she was holed beyond repair. the 28 crew were taken off by local fishermen and she ended up on the beach opposite the Coatham Hotel. She was eventually dismantled for scrap by Thomas Ward’s of Sheffield.” Kon Budkiewicz tells us: ”Aged 6 years, I was taken to see this ship by my father.  I witnessed organised bagging and removal of bunker coal through a low-level access door.” Dave Cusson tells us: ”My father was a well-known Redcar butcher. One of his customers, and elderly lady as I recall, was walking her dog along the sands during a sea fret. Seems she heard this terrible grinding noise from the sea just as the mist cleared – allowing her to see this enormous ship coming for her. She turned and ran as hard as she could all the way through the soft sand and onto the promenade, scared out of her wits!” Alan Etherington tells us: ”I was at West Dyke Primary School on the afternoon Taxiarchis ran aground. The mother of one of the boys came at playtime and told him that there was a ship on the rocks. Word spread like wildfire and at the end of school a lot of us rushed to see what had happened and there it was just off the Coatham Hotel. It was winched to just above the low tide line so that at suitable times of the tide it was possible to walk round it. It was then slowly emptied of coal and dismantled.” Pete Ward tells the Archive: “I remember the Taxiarchis as though it was yesterday: Like the lady previously, I was on Coatham beach with my Granddad (John Charles Thompson of Redcar Gas Works. I must have skived off school that day) gathering sea coal. I was holding my Granddad’s bicycle with a couple of sand bags filled with sea coal when we heard this grinding sound, then out of the mist appeared the Taxiarchis. You could not miss who scraped her, ‘Thomas Wards’ was painted on the starboard side, in big bold white letters facing Coatham.”

Thanks to Fred Brunskill and Kin Budkiewicz for this information, also to Dave Cusson, Alan Etherington and Peter Ward for the updates.

Basalt

Basalt

Again the date was on the picture 1957 another ship ashore at Redcar I didn’t think it was so dangerous at Redcar.

Basalt – 1955

Basalt – 1957

This image came to the Archive among a collection of photographs of ’shipwrecks’ off Redcar and the East Cleveland coast and at that time we had no knowledge of the origins! A different view of the Basalt – aground off the promenade at Redcar – in 1957. Alan Etherington tells us: ”This particular picture was taken by me and dated in my album as being taken in 1955, it is a scan of a contact print, the negative being long lost. The ship was being used to dismantle the Dimitris which ran aground on East Scar Rocks at Redcar. The story was that the Basalt had taken a shorter route back to the Tees and tried to get between West Scar Rocks and Salt Scar but had misjudged the tide and tore a hole in the bottom. It turned tail and ran as far up Redcar beach as it could, almost into Marks and Spencer’s. A repair was carried out and the Basalt refloated on a spring tide.”

Image courtesy of Alan Etherington, thanks to Derick Pearson for initial dating, but very grateful thanks to Alan Etherington for the image and an explanation of the situation.

Barge Ashore

Barge Ashore

1984 was the date when this barge came ashore at Marske and Karl Elliott tells us: ”This was indeed at Marske just off St. Germain’s church. I remember it well as as a 10 year old, we were hanging on the tug line before the tide came in to refloat her, it was dangerous looking back now; but excellet fun been whipped up into the air when the tug took up the slack on the line. I believe it was used on the first stage of sewer improvements just off the Coast Road.”

Image courtesy of Mike Holliday and many thanks to Karl for the update.

On The Rocks At Redcar

On The Rocks At Redcar

Another view of the Freja Svea aground 1st March 1993, aground off Majuba car park.

Thanks to Derick Pearson for the update.