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stepping stones of maritime history

History

In 1997, a shipwreck was reported to the State Archaeology Department of Schleswig-Holstein west of the island of Föhr. Deteriorated frames were jutting out from the sediment at a length of almost 18 metres.

This wreck has been tentatively associated with the British schooner City of Bedford, which - according to local oral tradition - was en route to Esbjerg with a cargo of salpetre, drifted past the island of Amrum in a storm, and capsized in the tidal mudflads on 2nd February 1825. The crew drowned and their bodies were buried at the Süderende cemetery on the island of Föhr. Some of the loose ship-timbers drifted onto Föhr's beach and were re-used in house construction in Utersum.

Description

The wreck remains are of pine, thus samples taken for dendrochronological analysis could not be dated.

Status

The wreck is still in situ and regularly visited by hikers on guided tours through the mudflats at low tide.

References

New in MaSS

Wrecks of Flevoland

Burgzand Noord

Dutch Presence in Cuba

World War II