Doesn’t time fly. You may recall that a while back I wrote about some of Britain’s Wonderful Wrecks I had come across on my photo trips and I promised you more; well almost eight months on here they are starting with some from Scotland. The first is at Ardgour which lies south-west of Fort William on the west bank of Loch Linnhe situated at the Corran Narrows on the eastern side of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Ardgour, its name in Gaelic translates as “Height Of The Goat” was part of the ancient trade route to the Inner Hebrides, the original “Road To The Isles”. I was passing Ardgour on my way through the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and came across “Capri” beached on the shore. It’s a fishing boat that was built in Sweden in 1949 and now lies abandoned some 60 years later.
Staying on the west coast of Scotland in Wester Ross we visit Badachro (Gaelic Bad a’ Chrodha) meaning cattle fold clump. A remote fishing village about 2 miles south of Gairloch. It is idyllically situated on an inlet of Loch Gairloch. Sheltered by several islands the bay provides a safe anchorage for fishing boats and yachts. At the end of the nineteenth century, Badachro was a busy fishing centre. Fish, in particular, cod, landed here and at Gairloch, was dried at Badachro. There were two curing stations – one on Eilean Horrisdale and one on Eilean Tioram. Lobsters, crabs and prawns are still landed here and sent to the markets both in the south and in Europe. There are many abandoned boats in this location but this is one I have not been able to identify but couldn’t resist capturing it with that wonderful backdrop.
We now move over to the Isle of Mull where if you recall we visited Croig in the Historic Harbours article. Close by Croig is the abandoned “Branch”. The trawler was built in 1951 in Fraserburgh and used all around the coast of northern Scotland including being based at Barra in the Outer Hebrides.
Staying on Mull we are at Bunessan which is the largest village on the Ross of Mull and a small boat with the name “Dignity” for which I have no history. I was drawn to this one because of its name which in the circumstances may seem appropriate. Originally a small community of farmers in the Scottish farming tradition called crofting, the village had a mill, weavers and a small fishing fleet until the 1900s. The village has a thriving lobster fishery with some of the largest lobsters on the west coast of Scotland can be found at the top of Loch Scridain, in an area known as “The Pool”.
For our last wreck, we are in Norfolk on the north coast under the cliffs at Hunstanton which make a spectacular view. They show an amazing slice of Britain’s history and originate from just after the Jurassic period. This makes them 100 million years old and some of the oldest rocks visible in East Anglia.
Built-in 1907, the Sheraton started life as a trawler but was later moored on the Lincolnshire side of The Wash to be used as a target ship. In 1947 she broke free from her mooring in a gale and drifted on to the beach at Hunstanton. The ship was sold to scrap dealers and now only a section of the hull remains.
I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at more of our Wonderful Wrecks. Unfortunately, I think I have now run out of wreck images so if you know of others in photogenic locations please feel free to let me know so I can include them in a future photo trip.