Gale force winds play havoc with shipping, but in some cases ships often run aground under their on steam. This picture is of the "Aquity"which ran aground on the Nayland rock on Christmas Eve 1938. Why this happened I do not know.
I guess the people in the foreground are not really concerned how the "Aquity" ran aground, they are enjoying there ancient rights of salvage. In order to refloat as quick as possible and minimise damage to the hull, the skipper has jettisioned some of the cargo of coal. Others may say that he dosen't wish to spend Christmas on the Nayland Rock. Either way the locals have a nice little Christmas bonus.
In the background in front of the Bow is the lifeboat that once stood on the Jetty, this picture is from the Margate Historical Society collection. The magazine published quarterly has loads of little gems like this. To subscribe ring email me and I will give details,