The Wreck of the Monreith

On Monday, I made the decision to go paddling through some icy sea water. For I was at a local beach where if the tide is out, you can see a wreck, and if it is at low tide, it’s possible to walk out to that wreck.

Spot the wreck!

What isn’t possible is walking out to the wreck without dipping your feet into some shallow pools of very cold water. (And being very careful as the lovely sand quickly changes to mud flats with a fun habit of sucking your shoes off.) But it was a cheeringly bright and dry morning, and I got to see a hundred-year-old wreck up close, so it was absolutely worth it.

The mud flats I traversed to reach the Monreith; the sun’s just getting over the horizon here

The Dhoon’s a beautiful sandy beach near Kirkcudbright, with lots of lovely rocks to clamber over and shells to poke at. Out in the bay is the wreck is of the Monreith, a two-masted schooner built in Wigtown, Scotland, in 1876.

She was wrecked on 12th November 1900 while transporting a cargo of stone from County Down in Ireland to Cumbria in England. During a storm, she tried to take shelter in the bay, and ran aground on the Dhoon’s sand banks. Worry not! All crew made it safely to land.

The full length of the Monreith Schooner

Today you can see her timber skeleton, the full length still visible, though much of the lower hull is buried in the sands.

The timbers of the Monreith, a century and a half old, covered in seaweed

This last one was my favourite picture, the water was so still and blue, and I got so close to the wreck (relatively safely, I walked out about 20 minutes after low tide, and the water never came higher than my ankles (bloody freezing though!))

Alas not pictured, due to distance and my camera being my phone camera, is the lighthouse on the Little Ross island that guards the bay. I love lighthouses.

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