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The Bencoolen
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The Bencoolen

Jul 30, 2015 by

This slideshow requires JavaScript. The Bencoolen is a name etched into the annals of Bude history. We have Bencoolen Road, the Bencoolen Bridge,  the Bencoolen Inn, and even the shanty singers, the Bencoolen Wreckers. Information about the Bencoolen wreck, from which all this emanates, is in the Castle Heritage Centre, Bude, originally built by Gurney. It also contains the figurehead of the ship. Many...

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Bencoolen – the wreckage
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The Summerleaze beach foreshore is littered with debris from the wreck of the Bencoolen, which broke up under the cliffs there in a storm in 1862. The wire which, for many years, marked the boundary of the river bank along the Strand is said to have come from amongst...

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Woodbridge at Nortcott Mouth 1915
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Not, strictly speaking, a wreck, since she was later refloated, the Woodbridge – a freighter carrying iron ore – ran aground in fog at Northcott Mouth on Easter Sunday in 1915. She was refloated three weeks later, with the use of...

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Villasandino at Compass Point 1925
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The Villasandino ran aground under Compass Point on 28th February 1925 after drifting for some days – she had earlier broken down off Lundy and her crew were taken off by another vessel. It is said that the coal, which she was carrying, covered the beach 2″...

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Llandaff by Tommy’s Pit in 1899
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The Llandaff is one of Bude’s better known wrecks, largely due to photographs such as this one. This small Welsh steamer broke down off the Bude coast whilst on passage from Saint Malo to Swansea in ballast in October 1899. She was then washed onto the end of the breakwater in a force 10 gale and the crew were taken off by rocket apparatus....

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Llandaff by Tommy’s Pit in 1899
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This is a fairly familiar picture of the stranding of the ss Llandaff, a small Welsh steamer, which went aground on the end of Bude breakwater in a force 10 gale in October 1899. The crew were taken off by rocket apparatus, then, a few days later, she refloated herself and drifted out to sea but was recovered and later towed to Cardiff for...

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Jessie in the canal in 1904
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The ketch Jessie, which was caught in the canal when the lock gates were stove in by a storm on 2nd February 1904; she ended up broadside on across the canal and was later recovered. A worse fate awaited the Wild Pigeon, which was washed out of the locks in the same incident, she ended up under Summerleaze cliffs and became a total...

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Jeannot at Millook in 1919
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This dramatic picture shows the rescue of the crew of the French sloop Jeannot, which was driven ashore in a gale at Millook on 24th June 1919. The crew were taken off by breeches buoy, sent over from the shore by the rocket...

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Hawk at Crooklets in 1897
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A crowd watches the ketch Hawk, driven ashore just south of Crooklets on 27th August 1897. She was built in Appledore in 1860 and was locally owned by Hockin & Hooper – whose warehouse dominated the Strand – she was wrecked whilst carrying a cargo of scrap iron from Bude to...

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Green Ranger near Hartland in 1962
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A more modern wreck than the others, the RFA tanker Green Ranger was wrecked in a force 8 gale at Longpeak, near Hartland, on 17th November 1962. The crew of 7 were rescued by breeches buoy and she became a total loss; one of the few of these wrecks whose demise was recorded on...

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