Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Monday, 17 November 2008

Westminster and Claudine ashore at Margate

One item of interest that appears on ebay at regular intervals under Margate, are prints and postcards of the Westminster and Claudine ashore at Margate. Many are reproductions that were printed by Kent County Council for sale in the Margate Library during the 1980's.

The Westminster and Claudine were ships belonging to the East India Company and they were not shipwrecks, they were run aground in Palm Bay during a storm to prevent them from sinking , the cargoes were unloaded ashore and the damage to the ships repaired on the shoreline. Their are few accounts of the event, leading to the prints being wrongly described when sold on the internet. Above I have attached an account of the event researched by Mick Twyman and Alf Beeching of the Margate Historical Society for downloading just to put the record straight.

Below is a cover of a greetings card I bought at the Margate Library in the late 1980's featuring the Westminster and Claudine.

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