Belem Wreck Boiler In Water Cornwall
A very low tide reveals a wrecked boiler, part of the remote and poignant 1917 wreck of the Portuguese steamship "Belem" (formerly the German SS Rhodos). Most of the wreck is buried under tonnes of shifting sand. The 1,925 ton ship was stranded in thick fog at 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. The remains are not always visible except on occasion when heavy seas scoop away the covering sand. 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 near to Northcott Mouth & Sandymouth Beach, near Bude, Cornwall, SW England, UK.
November 9th, 2019
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