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Deal and Walmer Reports of Stormy Weather

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The Goodwin Sands are a great sandbank, eight miles long and about four miles wide, rising out of deep water four miles off Deal. Between the Goodwins and Deal lies a stretch of deep water, in which there is great anchorage for shipping. This area is known as the Downs.

The 'sheltered' anchorage of the Downs is a relative term, even in this shelter the vessels are sometimes blown away from their anchorage, both by easterly and westerly winds and thus founder upon the Goodwin Sands or The Ship Swallower, as it is known.

This website contains extracts from the Deal & Walmer Telegram Newspaper c. 1850 onwards relating to Wrecks & Rescues of the Goodwin Sands. All events are factual, and are written as they appeared in print.

Welcome to the Wrecks and Rescues of the Goodwin Sands.

Stormy Weather

The Deal & Walmer Telegram Newspaper

Extracts therefrom
Vol. 2 No. 1

The information displayed here is from the former Deal and Walmer website by the generous permission of Linda Corbett.
  • Services by Boats

  • The 'Gaulois' bound for Dunkirk

  • Another Severe Gale

24th November 1858.
On the 18th. inst. the lugger 'Princess Royal' and the committee boat 'Tiger' were awarded £178 with £3.7.8. expenses, for services rendered to the Dutch barque 'Ottolina' from China to London (laden with tea etc) on the 7th November in supplying her with an Anchor and Chain from Deal. They had claimed £ 350. The ship & cargo were valued at £17.000.

16th November 1858.
The French brig 'Gaulois' (Capt. Bonnet) from Catarna bound for Dunkirk (laden with sulpher) during the heavy gale of Monday, wind east, drove near the main with three anchors ahead; on the following morning a signal of distress was made from the brig, when a Deal lugger launched and succeeded in boarding her, where they were employed to assist & ride astern of the vessel, which they did all night, during which time she parted from one of her anchors, and the crew took shelter in the lugger, expecting the ship would drive ashore, but fortunately the gale abated; she was then extricated from her perilous position, taken in tow by a steam-tug & proceeded to Ramsgate. £305 was rewarded.

8th February, 1868.
The shipping in the Downs rode out the gale on Friday last well.

The ketch 'Spirit of Cowes' (Capt. Filmer) from London to Yarmouth, lost two anchors and chain off Dungeness & proceeded to Ramsgate harbour.

The schooner 'West Lothian' lost 3 anchors & chain in the Downs & proceeded to Ramsgate harbour in tow of a steam-tug.

The sloop 'Alfred', of Poole (Capt. Lewis) from Poole to London, lost an anchor & chain in the Downs.

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