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Report - Fleetwood Marsh Graveyard - February 2017

CrazyHamsterLady

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NOTORIOUS for its westerly gales, the northern part of the Fylde coast has seen a variety of ships cast ashore over the years. Rarely has a decade gone by without the sight of some storm-tossed bundle at high water mark, or a find, half-buried in the sand.

One of the most dramatic incidents in recent memory was back in August 1981, when strong winds and mountainous seas left the 5m Anchorsholme sewage pipe project in ruins. The giant Holland XXIV dredging platform and two supply platforms were beached and wreckage was scattered for half a mile along the Cleveleys shore. The seven-man crew had moved the 150-ton dredger half a mile north in a bid to stop the other non-powered rigs from going ashore. Engineers and council officials counted the cost of the destruction and the launching of the giant pipeline, replacing a 40-year-old outfall, and designed to stop raw sewage being washed up on Fylde beaches, was postponed until the end of the month.

Going back almost a century earlier, the Norwegian ship The Abana got into trouble in a storm on her way from Liverpool to Florida. The three-masted ship mistook the recently-built Blackpool Tower for a lighthouse when she was sailing in the Irish Sea in a storm on December 22, 1894. The Abana was spotted floundering off North Pier, her sails torn to shreds. Blackpool lifeboat crew was alerted but a rescue attempt was delayed for a few hours as the lifeboat, the Samuel Fletcher, had to be towed from Blackpool to Bispham by horse.

By the time it was launched at Little Bispham, the Abana had already been wrecked off Shell Wharf. The lifeboat crew rowed through the surf to the stricken vessel and rescued the men, only to become stuck on a sandbank. The gallant boatmen pushed her clear and reached the shore to the cheers of about 100 people. Rescuers and rescued were given a party at the Red Lion Hotel, Bispham.

It's a testament to Victorian shipbuilding that part of the wreckage can still be seen at low water on the beach at Norbreck. The bell hangs in Cleveleys Parish Church to this day.

Source: http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/a-graveyard-for-ships-1-422782

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Thanks for looking :thumb Next time, we will be visiting in the summer. The mud is like quick sand :p

Visited with @TVurbex
 

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