Daisy the Freathy Wreck


I mentioned a few posts ago that a wreck could be seen at low tide on Freathy beach. Last weekend, on a beautiful sunny day and at the hour of low tide we headed down to the beach. We could so easily have walked past what looked like stones sticking upright out of the sand, yet there was something not quite stone-like and on closer inspection we realised the stone was a metal of some kind. It wasn’t long before we noticed in the vicinity other sharp like shapes sticking up from the sand and in a rock pool close by. So, we investigated and there she was in her broken glory.Unfortunately, on that day, she didn’t look like she did in the photograph here I reckon with some bits only sticking out of the sand then some parts of her have already been covered over again.




Daisy was tracked down by SHIPS (Shipwrecks and History In Plymouth Sound); using a database of shipwrecks they found she was blown ashore by a strong gale in February 1903 and was broken up into three pieces, what remained got buried under the sand at Freathy Cliff. The gales earlier this year took a lot of sand back into the sea but no doubt some will return and Daisy may become re-buried but at least we know where her remains are.

About Ruth

I am an actor and theatre maker, I moved down to the SW of England 20 years ago with my partner and son. Ten years ago we bought a chalet on the Rame Peninsula and are fully embracing life of the cliff.
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3 Responses to Daisy the Freathy Wreck

  1. How fascinating the wreck has surfaced now after such a long time. I would never imagine something like this could be underneath the sand so close to the shore!

  2. Jody says:

    What a wonderful discovery!

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