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Old 28-04-2018, 09:46 AM
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Picked this card up the other week on evilbay.


Apparently the Norwegian Barque 'Frank' a'cropper on Bondicarr rocks. The printed paper slip of research that came with it does appear to be potentially accurate. The only thing that casts a little doubt for me are the rocks in the foreground.

The card has the Acklington postmark dated 24 Feb 09.
Sent to Mrs G. Armstrong 14 Stanley Street Blyth.
From S. or J. Brown
text says: Sorry to hear of you being so poorly.
Your cousin Robert Armstrong is at Dr. Morrison's infirmary. Went last Thursday. Ailing since September not operated on yet.
Annie staying at Newcastle.
J. Brown.
This is the ship we have had ashore here. Will write later.







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Old 28-04-2018, 10:00 AM
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Are the sails looking battered or are they supposed to be like that?


This is the Frank in another pic:
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Old 28-04-2018, 10:08 AM
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Same ship??
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Looks to be the same ship, rocks are a good question in the foreground.
Perhaps mixed up with Birling Carr rocks? or it is Amble Cliff House area but ! can't picture rock like that around Bondicarr.
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Looks to be the same ship, rocks are a good question in the foreground.
Perhaps mixed up with Birling Carr rocks? or it is Amble Cliff House area but ! can't picture rock like that around Bondicarr.

Wife and I thought it could be Cliff House as well, with the ship on the Pan Rocks, piers just out of picture to the immediate left.
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Old 30-04-2018, 10:31 AM
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I tend to agree with that location. Barques are square rigged with 3 or more masts with the spars horizontal or 'square' to the keel (as opposed to Gaffs or Burmudas) so I would suggest the spars on this vessel are damaged. Note the rope ladders where the crew probably escaped to the Amble lifeboat. (it would appear I have retained some of the info given to me by Mr Shawcross!)
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I tend to agree with that location. Barques are square rigged with 3 or more masts with the spars horizontal or 'square' to the keel (as opposed to Gaffs or Burmudas) so I would suggest the spars on this vessel are damaged. Note the rope ladders where the crew probably escaped to the Amble lifeboat. (it would appear I have retained some of the info given to me by Mr Shawcross!)


I agree the damage suggests it's 'seen a bit of weather', The Frank went aground in fog - not something associated with storms or high wind? This fact together with the rock visible is suggesting it could be some other vessel.

I'll see if I can find anything in the newspaper archive tonight.
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Old 01-05-2018, 09:35 AM
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Only the Frank seems to fit the bill. It was there two weeks+ before being re-floated.
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I don't think local residents would have been beach combing if she'd broken up with 2000 tons of guano as a cargo!
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