Wrecks and histories
Huge thanks to Sue Gresham for these terrific - and compelling - pieces of research; starting with the fascinating story of the SS Hjørdis, and now with the equally enthralling narrative of the SS Vera (which you may have seen off Cley beach at low tide) and its indomitable captain this section aims to document the rich history of Blakeney Harbour.
The latest ship to have its tale told is the SS Rosalie, off Weybourne. With a title of “Three Ships, One Grounding, Two U-boats”, you know it's going to be another fascinating and brilliantly-researched story.
Joining these is Sue's latest research: The Blakeney Disaster of 1861 and the unfolding tale of what happened to the men who went to the aid of two stricken ships.
Sue says, "My research adds to what is known about the disaster, giving more information from newspapers about the circumstances, weather conditions etc., an interesting Board of Trade report about the safety of shipping generally, and more information about the lifeboat Brightwell.
The names of the men who lost their lives have been documented previously but the big piece of new information has come from finding the names of the men who went to the rescue of the (two) boats in distress. And then the research grew and grew! As a result, it became rather lengthy and detailed but it has been fascinating to piece together all the connections between the Blakeney families, and there are numerous others I’ve come across which haven’t been relevant to include. No doubt, very many people in Blakeney at the time married into each other’s families and were inter-related, relationships confused sometimes by there often being more than one person of the same name, and parents giving their children the same names as themselves.
I hope there is something in the research for everyone whatever their particular interests, whether in maritime history, local history, social history, or genealogy."
We also have the beginnings of a fascinating photo archive and a superb resource for mapping medieval and Tudor ship routes and their ports.
Over to you, our audience - if you have any documents, research or pictures - see our new Archive Photos page - that you think the association should see and share, get in touch and let us know. We'd love to see what you have!