Pictured is all what remains of the Swedish schooner Valkyr that was wrecked on the Margate Sands on 29th April 1919. The vessel had been abandoned after all the crew had been saved by the Margate lifeboat only to eventually run aground in Minnis Bay , Birchington . Some of the cargo of tinned sardines was liberated by some of the locals who lived on the marshes and after the official salvage operation the wreck was left to the elements.
In the years that followed pieces were salvaged from the Valkyr and they were used in locally cottage industries like the rivets and bolts pictured. One such use was to make tips for local produced walking sticks which were sold to visitors. As these cottages industries faded so did the knowledge of the Valkyr and the wreck became another of the wrecks in Minnis Bay. The wreck is easy to find and is almost level with the western end of the flat promenade and where the sea defences begin and is about 140 metres out to sea laying between the rocks and the sand.
The Valkyr was formerly known as the Valkyrien, it was registered at Figeholm , Sweden . It was built in 1901 at Figeholm by K. J Rockstrom and had a gross tonnage of 336 tons, the length in feet was 131.1, breadth 29.7 and the depth was 12.2. The master was J P L Hansson and the owner was Gustave Johansson. Further details can be found in Llloyds casualty return for 1919 on page 10.