Shipwrecks of Robin Hood's Bay


Up to 1900


1900 to 2000


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Robin Hood's Bay has seen many wrecked, sunk or stranded vessels over the years. The rugged East Coast is often shrouded in thick fog or raked by sudden winter squalls. Iron stone in the cliffs was believed to affect ship compasses, attracting them onto the rocks. During the war years the deep water off Peak made a hunting ground for German submarines and aircraft as the Allied convoys hugged the coast for protection. In turn Motor Launches and Destroyers protecting the ships sought out the enemy.

Although most of the wrecked vessels were salvaged or pounded to pieces by the sea, there is still quite a lot of material to be seen on the beach. After a storm old waterlogged timbers from ships often wash up, and copper nails can be found in rock pools. After a few days of calm summer weather the water can become quite clear and some good snorkelling and diving can be enjoyed over several shallow wreck sites.

Boiler and engine off North Cheek

Ness boiler can be seen on a low tide

A small amount of wreckage still lies in the murky water


Boiler and bits on Ness Side




Some old timbers washed up in 2004 and an anchor

Boiler and bits on Ness Side