Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Saturday, 9 May 2009

The loss of the "Valkyr" off Birchington











In the early hours of the morning of 27th April 1919 the Swedish Schooner "Valkyr"ran aground on the Margate Sands. At day break the Margate lifeboat was launched skippered by Coxswain Stephen Clayson , in difficult conditions the crew of seven and the Pilot were saved. The "Valkyr" eventually ended up ashore at Minnis Bay and most of what happened next regarding the cargo remains part of Birchington folklore.
Today the bones of the wreck remains exactly where she was washed up and the keel is still clearly visible at low water. This account of the event has been in my archives for many years and I have forgotten the source, however they are meant for circulation so please feel free to download.
For further reference Lloyds Casualty Return 1919 p5(b), Lloyds register 1914-15 no 18V

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