The SS Vera lies off Cley Beach
The SS Vera lies off Cley Beach

SS Vera - Collision at Cley and

"A man of indomitable courage"


Sue Gresham

Historical Research Volunteer

Researched December 2018

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The wreck of the iron steamship SS Vera has lain off Cley Beach since she went aground in November 1914.

Her wreckage is a familiar and recognisable sight, lying close to the shore, visible at low tide, and is a regular dive site, but what is the history of the ship?

What has emerged as being even more fascinating than the story of the ship itself is the story of the courageous, humble man - the man “of indomitable courage” – who was her Master, Captain James Joseph Shaw.


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