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Old 04-10-2013, 04:46 PM
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I was browsing the Lesbury parish registers (makes a change from Warkworth ) when I came across the burials of a number of mariners in 1799. The ship was the Thetis from Shields and the captain was Brown.
The Newcastle Courant of 13 April talks about a tremendous storm when about 200 ships from Shields and Sunderland were caught in "a dreadful tempest with the wind inshore" About 22 are listed as lost including the Thetis which lost all her crew.
The registers give the date of deaths of the mariners as April 5th and the burial of the captain (George Brown of Bedlington, aged 38) states that the ship was wrecked on "Whawbourn Sands"

Now where is that?
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:22 PM
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Hi janwhin - the Whaw Burn discharges (probably not visibly) in the bay north of point where Foxton golf club is. It follows field boundaries south from RAF Boulmer SAR to Field House Farm then heads SE to the sea. The Lesbury to Boulmer road passes over it in a dip where there is a layby to the right-hand side (when heading to Boulmer).

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Old 04-10-2013, 07:57 PM
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A quick google map lookup confirms it is also the site of many a lost golf ball just before it reaches the beach! I know it well. Amazing to think what happened on the beach there, good find Janwhin - another piece of significant history brought back to light.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:49 PM
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Wonder how it got a name like "Whaw". Polite replies only
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:31 AM
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I can remember as a child seeing a wreck at the north end of the beach at Alnmouth ,a sailing vessel I think.Can anyone remember this?This would be the late 1940,s.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:19 PM
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I had a quick gander at some of the coastal parishes to see what else was wrecked in April 1799. Embleton buried five mariners from the wreck of the Charming Harriet near Craster and two from the wreck of the Auspicious near Newton.

Lesbury buried, over several months, nine, from the Thetis, and one from the Swan.

Warkworth buried an unknown, initials G F from an April 5 wreck.

Woodhorn buried seven, all of Cresswell, drowned on the 5th. The Newcastle Courant mentions the George and Mary of Sunderland wrecked on Cresswell Sands and all lost apart from the master.
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Old 09-09-2018, 01:59 PM
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I can remember as a child seeing a wreck at the north end of the beach at Alnmouth ,a sailing vessel I think.Can anyone remember this?This would be the late 1940,s.
I remember the wreck on Marsden Rocks between Alnmouth and Boulmer.

The bow section made of steel was visible at all states of tide in the 1950s onwards until its removal in late 20th century when I believe it was removed by a scrap metal merchant.
I have heard stories that the cargo was cement and the wreck happened in the 1930s with the crew being rescued by Boulmer Coast Guard using breaches boy.
Can anyone confirm, correct or add to the storey I was given.
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