So this blog entry is on a few that I have come across over the years that the visitor to the Yorkshire coast can see without getting their feet wet. You certainly don’t have to be a diver to appreciate the maritime history of the ships that have ended their careers on the seabed.
The gun was salvaged in 1982 and placed here by helicopter two years later.
As with some of my previous blog entries, the gun from HMS Fairy was at one time mounted on the south side of Bridlington Harbour before being taken away and placed in storage. Rumours have suggested this may soon form a display elsewhere but as it stands nothing has been seen of it in 20 years. Other items from the German U-boats that have found their way in a permanent watery grave nearby as well as the wrecks of the Great Gale of 1871 and the Battle of Flamborough Head have all deserved their own story (do please check them out).
Another boiler can be seen if you were to walk in the opposite direction and follow the cliff edge to Speeton. After a long walk you can look over the edge at the small amount of stony beach below to see the remains of a boiler from one of the many cargo vessels that have grounded within the last century. Over 300ft down this is probably the best view you are going to get without endangering yourself or needing a boat (below).
But if you want to see boilers close up then the place to head to is Reighton beach where the steamship Laura went aground 21 November 1897 and broke up where she lay (below). The two boilers are fully exposed at low tide and the visitor can easily walk around them and admire the pure size of these steel monsters. Other chunks of wreckage are exposed nearby and it would be amazing to see what else is buried underneath from what was once a fully functioning ship ploughing through the seas. At only seven years old when she came to grief it was just lucky that this is one shipwreck that didn’t take any lives in her demise.