As we enter into Autumn I have started to map out the area of sand around the East Pier and the Ramsgate main sands low water mark. The objective to work out where things are deposited on the beach by the wind and tide for future reference. Pictured is the sea coal I found for the month of August. The origins of sea coal down South are varied and I doubt if any of what I have found has come from a natural source. Sea coal in general comes from ship wrecks, spillage while unloading or jettison when a vessels runs aground .
Up North gathering sea coal is an enterprise due to the volumes washed up from natural resources and people use it as fuel and there are some good articles on the subject on the internet. Down south the volumes of sea coal are of no commercial interest and as far as I know the only person in Ramsgate who burns it is my neighbour, and that is only because I haven't got a coal fire.
As a beachcomber sea coal is important as it is an indicator to finding Amber and many other interesting things can be found in the same line as sea coal.