Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Time and Tide Part II


I was giving you a tour of Rhosilli Bay on the Gower Peninsular,  but I got distracted. It happens.

I thought you might like to see the remains of   the Helvetia, wrecked  in 1887


It is amazing that the tides and pounding storms of the last 129 years haven’t swept away every trace of this ship, especially as it was extensively salvaged.

And given that these are timbers, wood, a natural, bio-degradable material, and they are still with on this beach,  just think  of plastic and of its non bio-degradable qualities, and hold that thought, for a post or two.

Its old  timber bones have simply slumped into the sands

Wreck 3 

Explorer Edgar Evans, was born in Rhosilli in in 1876, its said* that as a young boy seeing the drama of the wrecking of the Helvetia was in part, instrumental in him joining the navy, where he became a member of the “Polar Party” in Robert Falcon Scott‘s ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition to the South Pole in 1911–1912 from which he never returned.

Worms head_

* I did read that bit in the pub in Rhosilli, I think I’ve got the detail right. I’m sure someone will correct me if needs be.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “Time and Tide Part II

  1. The images are austere – even haunting, like the bones of a spaceship on a distant planet. If you turned around and took a picture looking inland, would it be this isolated or would it show a cheerful holiday destination? In any case, I hope you are having a most wonderful visit.

  2. There’s something compelling about wrecks such as these. I suppose part of it, for those who spend time on the water, is the “there but for the grace of God” effect. I’ve known a few boats that have either sunk or ended up on the rocks, and it does focus the attention.

  3. Lovely pictures. I will look at the links later on. xx

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  5. Interesting story and beautiful pictures in this kind of desolate environment. The tones are superb. “Helvetia” would mean Switzerland nowadays, Helvétie in French. Which makes me wonder…why was this ship named “Helvetia ?

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