Saltwick Bay embrasses everything I like in a location, a magical element, a sense of history and a story. The wreck has been photographed many, many times but rarely surrounded by water and in mono. This is my second mono offering of this subject, but in print I prefer this one.
History is another hobby of mine, and when I first visited Saltwick I was intrigued about its industrial heritage serving the chemical history in Teeside.
The wreck has its own story of the death of two crew members the following is an extract from the Whitby Lifeboat history: “Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain Robert Allen and the Bronze Medal awarded to Helmsman Richard Robinson for rescuing a survivor of the fishing vessel Admiral Van Tromp, which was wrecked after grounding on the Black Nab Rock in thick fog, an easterly wind, and a heavy breaking sea on 30 September 1976. When a survivor was seen on a rock Helmsman Robinson drove the D class lifeboat in at full speed, onto a ledge, and the man was grabbed just as a large sea broke over the rock and washed the boat back into the sea.”
Oh and yes I did get my feet wet, and clambered over the remains of the old harbour - now that was spooky! The shail kept falling from the cliff face, a flock of pigeons came out of the old shaft feeding the harbour just as I got close, and there was several large bits of the Von Tromp up against the cliff edge, no doubt placed there by the various high tides in the last 32 years.