Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Saturday, 12 July 2008

An act of piracy


Not a very good photograph, but a reminder from my scally wag days at Margate Harbour. This vessel was towed into Margate Harbour in the early eighties by the RNLI under very suspicious circumstances and abandoned by the owners. When it was pumped out cases of Stella were found in all the cabins and storage areas. The skipper and crew had already done a runner once they had removed "parcels" and a van load of alcohol. Within a week the Harbour rats had nicked the Bronze prop and the fishermen had helped themselves to free fuel by using their bilge pumps to empty the fuel tanks. After a strong southwester a few weeks later the vessel ended up aground on the main sands at Margate and was stripped of metal and anything salvageable or could be sold by locals.
This photograph was taken when it was pouring with rain and a North Easterely started to brew up. After a good hard blow overnight the vessel was reduced to driftwood, the final act of salvage was to burn the driftwood in a large bonfire to retrieve copper,brass and bronze fittings.

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