I live at the seaside, and i love exploring the beach! There are remains of a shipwreck (The Abana) very close by to where i live, i find it fascinating to look at so i thought id share some photos i’ve taken of it recently.
For over a hundred years the wreck of the Abana has lain on the beach between Little Bispham and Anchorsholme (Near Blackpool, England) visitors and locals alike perhaps know little of the details surrounding her loss on the 22nd December 1894 in one of the worst storms known on the Fylde coast. The remains of the Abana are still visible at low tide on the beach at Little Bispham.
History of the shipwreck: The Abana was a sailing barque wrecked at Blackpool in England on 22 December 1894.
The Abana was sailing from Liverpool to Savello, Florida when she was caught in a storm in the Irish Sea. She was spotted at 3 pm drifting in a northwesterly direction with her sails torn to shreds. The crew mistook Blackpool Tower for a lighthouseand the ship was first spotted floundering at North Pier, and ended up drifting north and was wrecked off Little Bispham at 5 pm. Flares were fired and the lifeboat was called out. The alarm was raised by the landlord of the Cleveleys Hotel. Due to the weather conditions, the Blackpool lifeboat Samuel Fletcher had to be taken some 7 miles (11 km) overland to Bisphambefore it could be launched. The lifeboat had a crew of 16, and the Abana had a crew of 17, all of whom were taken on board along with the ship’s dog, which belonged to Captain Danielson. This meant that the lifeboat grounded on a sandbank whilst returning to shore. Some of the crew members pushed the boat afloat and they managed to reach shore safely. All were taken to the Red Lion Inn to recover from their ordeal. The ship’s bell and dog were given to the landlord of the Cleveleys Hotel, who had raised the alarm. The ship’s bell still hangs in St Andrews Church in Cleveleys.
My recent photos:
Around a month ago a new statue has been put on the beach in Cleveleys, its a memorial to all the shipwrecks on the Fylde coast.
“oh, hear us when we cry to thee, for those in peril on the sea!”