Vina exposed!


An unmissable feature, visible on Brancaster beach at low tide, is the wreck of the SS Vina.

Built in 1894, the Vina carried crago from England’s east coast to the Baltic States.

In 1940 the ship was requisitioned by the navy, filled with concrete and wired with explosives.  It was then towed into position to protect Great Yarmouth harbour.  In the event of an invasion the ship would be detonated and the harbour blocked.

It was not needed for that purpose but in 1943 it was towed to Brancaster and anchored off-shore.  It was used by the RAF for target practice during the period leading up to the Normandy landing.

A strong north-west gale caused the vessel to drag anchor and, riddled with holes from the gunfire, it drifted on to a sandbank and became stranded.

In the years since World War II various salvage attempts have been made, including carving the ship into three parts.  But efforts have been unsuccessful.  The wreck continues to present a serious hazard to shipping and also to adventurous visitors tempted to take a closer look.


Filed under landscape, photography, Sand, Sea, shapes, Shore, Uncategorized

5 responses to “Vina exposed!

  1. That’s a lovely capture, Louis! Thanks for intresting information. A couple of years ago we managed to get to the wreck at low tide. So exciting!

    • Thanks Dina.You’re very brave! I’ sure it was exciting. Of course, living at Cley you would be familiar with the danger of the tides along this coast,

      • Oh yes, we knew we had only 20 minutes time to make it. The tide was coming in though, made the decision easier. 🙂 And all the others one wading through the water. 😉 Still, the water was more than I meter deep…

  2. You write very well, such an interesting slice of history this ship has experienced, no wonder people want to get out there and take a look.

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