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The remains of a ship-wreck provided an unusual frame for the east Whitby scar and distant piers.

The wreckage is that of the "Cretablock", a WWII blockade vessel, which had been one of two concrete barges intended to be sunk at the nearby harbour entrance in WWII in the event of an invasion.

Thankfully, there was no invasion and the two barges remained on their moorings in the upper harbour on Belle Island at Whitby (my playground as a child) until they were removed for scrap in the latter half of the 1900's.

The fact that the Creatablock was washed ashore here was purely accidental...It broke its tow-rope in a heavy swell when being towed by tug to a breakers yard and the force of nature blew her onto this scar where it has stubbornly refused to disappear for the last forty years!

The two barges were built in the early 1900's for the British Admiralty..It's darned good stuff is ferro-concrete!

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Comments (44)

joyfotos on September 14, 2011

I think I missed the shipwreck aspect of this last time through...makes it doubly a good shot!

I love the idea of your new group for shipwrecks and yarns. At first was sad I had nothing to contribute ....but then remembered I have a new set of photos with a story and shipwreck...if I ever get caught up and get it posted. Enjoyed the whirlwind tour of the group this morning. Some great shots! Will have to visit again when I have time to tarry!

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on September 17, 2011

Yuliya S~~~The frame is a relic from WWI..A ferro-concrete wreck!

*lichtraum~~~~The wreckage you see here is what remains of a blockade ship that was to be used in WWII in the event of an invasion ;)

joyfotos~~~Thanks for your interesting reply Joy ;)

To you all, I express my warm and sincere thanks for your friendly visits and precious comment


klaustschei on March 24, 2012

coquels and mussels alive alive oh;)

Christos Theodorou on May 15, 2013

Very nice natural framing & beautiful shot. Hello from Athens - Christos

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Photo taken in Cleveland Way, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22, UK

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