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
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.
* 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.