SS4329 : Wreck on Westward Ho! Beach

taken 10 years ago, near to Westward Ho!, Devon, Great Britain

Wreck on Westward Ho! Beach
Wreck on Westward Ho! Beach
Very little is known about the wreck. The size and shape of the wreck has intrigued experts and its periodic appearances had been commented on in books and local newspapers since 1850's when it was described as a 'very old wreck'. In the 1940's and 50's it was described as a 'Viking ship' and a 'Spanish Galleon' During the summer of 1973 it was photographed and noted by A.X.E(Army Experimental Establishment) based at Instow, who were doing beach trials at Westward Ho!, but no clear indications of its origins could be found from the remains then exposed. It became clearly visible again in 1997. Its structure which was then 82ft(25m)long and 23ft and (7m) at its widest part. The present wreck measured in Feb.2005 is only 77ft(23.5m) long as the stern post has fallen forwards and sideways.
Candidates for the wreck are the Salisbury of London lost on the night of 2-3 March 1759 on Northam Burrows. The Sally of Bristol wrecked on Northam Sands on 17 September 1769. No other wrecks of sufficient size are recorded until mid 19th century and that one the Pace wrecked 28 Dec 1868 was later salvaged.
The remains could be the Sally but until further research is undertaken it still remains a mystery.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 11 March, 2008   (more nearby)
Sunday, 16 March, 2008
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SS 431 298 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:2.8131N 4:14.3476W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SS 431 298
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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