1917 Shipwreck Of Ss Belem Cornwall
The wreck of the 1,925 ton Portuguese steamship "Belem" (formerly the German SS Rhodos) is revealed at a very low tide after storms removed covering sand. The propeller shaft and stern can be seen. The shipwreck is normally almost completely buried. The ship was stranded in thick fog near Northcott Mouth on 20th November 1917 while on passage from Gibraltar to Barry with ballast. The crew of 33 including two Royal Navy gunners (she was armed with a light gun aft), were brought ashore by rocket apparatus. She soon broke her back and was deemed a constructive total loss, being later broken up for scrap. It is said that part of its propeller shaft was used to perch the barrel on Barrel Rock at the end of Bude Sea Breakwater. Taken one March near Northcott Mouth and Sandymouth Beach, near Bude, Cornwall, SW England, UK.
February 22nd, 2020
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