Photographs I've gleaned from flea markets, junk shops and sometimes ebay. The cheaper the better. Anything with a story that can be extracted from hand written notes, location research, local histories, census records......anything. A small band of fellow enthusiasts worldwide have helped me with many of these. Of course there are always mysteries that defy research, but there's even a story inside these. All images can be viewed at super-size on Flickr.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Wreck of the Herzogin Cecelie. Starhole Bay, Salcombe, Devon. 1930s.

Wreck of the Herzogin Cecelie. Salcombe, Devon.

Built in Germany in 1902, the Herzogin Cecilie was one of the fastest sailing merchant ships of her day. In 1936, while sailing for Ipswich with a cargo of grain, she became grounded and damaged in fog off the Devon coast near Salcombe. Although eventually refloated it was feared that her cargo of rotting grain would contaminate the harbour and so she was anchored in nearby Starhole Bay. Here her keel was broken in a storm, leaving her permamently wrecked. The intact wreck of the Herzogin Cecelie remained a tourist attraction for several years. Her masts remained standing until 1940. Eventually storms broke her into pieces and nothing is now visible above water.


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