During the 18th and 19th Century, January and February was the shipwreck season off the Thanet coast. Most of the accounts of local shipwrecks of winter shipwrecks show January and February as the busy months. A large number of the casualties being colliers bringing coal to Thanet from the North East in the winter months when demand was at its highest. Coal at the time was big business with vessels loaded to capacity putting to sea in all weathers to meet the demand. The owners of the shipping companies made a lot of money from the coal trade and in most cases it was the cargo that was insured not the ship and crew.The account of the Samaritano I have attached is from the Margate Historical Society archives about the wrecking of the Samaritano and the heroism of the Margate and Ramsgate boatmen for you to download.
For those of you fed up with shipwrecks and salvage etc., I have left on one of Terry Purser's stories and others of Margate's past for you to enjoy. Terry is no longer with us but his stories and experiences live on.