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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.

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Happisburgh Lighthouse

Happisburgh lighthouse is located on the East Norfolk coast in the UK.  This stretch of coast is notorious for its sandbanks and 70 sailing ships and 600 men were lost during a severe winter storm in 1789.  As a direct consequence of these events the lighthouse was built the following year, 1790.  Indeed, two were built at different heights but the lower of the two was demolished in 1883 when it was threatened by coastal erosion.

Despite being offiicially decomissioned in 1988, the lighthouse was ‘rescued’ by local enthusiasts and is the only independently operated lighthouse in the UK.

The tower is 85 feet tall and the lantern is 134 feet above sea level.  Three white flashes are repeated every 30 seconds and the light can be seen for 18 miles.  It is painted with red and white bands to distinguish it during the hours of daylight from a neighbouring lighthouse at Winterton.

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