SS Newholm SS Ambassador SS
Mendi SS Skaala Privateer Dragon 1757 S.S.Percier MV Napoli
MV Lucy HMT Caroline German Submarine U-260 SS Basil Glenart
Castle SMS Margraf
adjacent photo shows the 263 feet Spanish steamship 'SS Cantabria'
. She was carrying iron ore and was on route from Biboa
in Spain to Newcastle when she encountered thick fog and
a large swell creating a navigation hazard with many
near misses in the English Channel
that day. Eventually she hit Gregory rocks
and drifted into Steeple cove on the south
coast of Devon where she sank on
13 December 1932. One of the crew did point out to a
local newspaper reporter that the bad luck was probably
caused by name changes of the ship during its life. She was built by
Austin S.P & son Ltd based in Sunderland and started
life as a British steamer 'Hornsby' in 1898 and in 1920
was sold to WM Cory & Son of London and renamed 'SS Corcraq. In 1924 she was sold for the final time to
Liano L and re named as the 'Cantabria'. Austin and son later became famous for their
development of the Austin Pontoon designed to be sink
and be re floated under ships.
Cantabria's jouney had already been an eventful one as
the captain 'Josef Learreta' ordered the ship to return
to Biloa as one of the crew had broken his arm. During
the voyage part of the mast had also broken narrowly
missing a crew member.
This 1803 T steamer is one of many ships wrecked between
bolt head and bolt tail, and just like the rest she has
been broken up into many pieces over the years.
Her boiler can be seen stood on its end in the adjacent
cove is no place to be if you want to get ashore due to
its steep inaccessible cliffs so the crew of 24 were all
stranded on the rocks after getting ashore in the ships
lifeboat. This lifeboat was eventually used to
ferry the crew to the safety of the Salcombe lifeboat.
Today the boilers of the wreck lay against the cliff in
position 50:12.954 003:49.043.
Although not much of the wreck is visible as can be seen in the photo
it is a very scenic area to dive.
Photos Paul Fiander
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