UK Storms Bare WWI Debris on Beach

The debris of the WWI German ship SV Carl bared by the storms at a Cornish bay. (Photos: BBC/Phil Ellery/Crispin Sadler)

The debris of the WWI German ship SV Carl bared by the storms at a Cornish bay. (Photos: BBC/Phil Ellery/Crispin Sadler)
The debris of the WWI German ship SV Carl bared by the storms at a Cornish bay. (Photos: BBC/Phil Ellery/Crispin Sadler)

Debris from a WWI German ship was bared on a Cornish beach after UK coastline was hit by severe storms.

The said debris is from a 60-feet SV Carl which sank in 1917 near Trevose Head at Booby’s Bay.

It is believed that the said ship where the debris come from had been held at Cardiff at the start of the Great War in 1914 and was being hauled to London to be scrapped.

But, it broke its line while in tow and was then washed ashore. Only a small section of the WWI ship debris is visible until now.

“Bits and pieces have been visible in the past, but it has never been revealed to this extent,” Crispin Sandler stated.

Mr. Sandler is a filmmaker whose specialty is making documentaries about shipwrecks. He also added how well-preserved the debris of the WWI German ship are.

“You can see the mast, the bollards and bits of superstructure which you could never see before, it’s amazingly well preserved because it was under the sand.”

It can be remembered that the same storms that battered the UK coast for some time not only revealed debris of war ships but other remains as well like the ancient forest stumps on a number of beaches in the South West, an iron age settlement in Devon and explosives dating back to the two world wars in Dorset, Somerset and Devon.

Additionally, the storms have also uncovered the debris of SS Belem reported to have sank near Bude – at Northcott Mouth – in 1917. The Royal navy also had to remove an unexploded WWII device from Crow Point Beach situated at North Devon.

However, while the other uncovered debris are collectible (like the ship remains and the vintage explosives), the forest finds are expected to be covered by the movement of the tides in the course of a few months.

BBC News (UK) reports

 

Heziel Pitogo

Heziel Pitogo is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE