Category: The Coast and Shipwrecks


H.M.S Weazle

H.M.S WEAZLE The coast of North Devon is well known for its history of shipwrecks, however the one that took place on the 11th February 1799 had a massive impact on the local area, when the H.M.S Weazle was shipwrecked…

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Elizabeth Berry – Notorious Wrecker

The North Devon coast was often named “The Sailors Grave” it was said that sailors would rather drown at sea than come intothe shore’s of Mortehoe. There are many unknown drowned sailors being buried in St Mary’s churchyard, however many…

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The lifeboat for Mortehoe, 1871

Morthoe Bay, Morte Point, Rockham Bay, and Bull Point, have an evil repute in the sailors’s log. It has been buoyed with such warning as might serve to caution ships making for the Bristol Channel to give it wide berth…

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John Dyer, Mortehoe Coast-watcher (1852-1941)

I didn’t know my great-great-Grandfather John Dyer (known as Granfer Dyer both inside and outside the family), but I’m very proud of him. He was born in Georgeham in 1852, but by 1871 had moved to Woolacombe and was working…

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Shipwreck A.C.L (1894)

Heroic Conduct of a Coastguard – as reported in newspaper. Considerable excitement was caused at Ilfracombe about 9am yesterday to a signal being fired to launch the Ilfracombe boat. It appears that a message had been received from Bull Point…

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SS Priestfield Shipwreck

The S.S.Priestfield May 10th 1912 Devon and Exeter Gazette The Priestfield Refloated Considerable excitement was caused in North Devon the day before yesterday, when the news spread that a steamship had run aground on the Slipper Rock, Morte Point, Morte-hoe,…

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