Ghosts of the Past

Ghosts of ships past scattered across the May

Ghosts of ships past scattered across the May

Many ships were wrecked across the May

Many ships were wrecked across the May

The scars still remain on the May

The scars still remain on the May

The Mars ship wreck on the north point of the island

The Mars ship wreck on the north point of the island

Wednesday 16th July comments: Like many islands dotted around the British coastline, the Isle of May has claimed many a ship in its time and on closer inspection, the twisted metalwork is still visible in certain areas. The most talked about was the Danish ship Island (appropriately named!) which ran aground on the east side of the May in 1937 and parts still remain along the shoreline.

However it’s on the north tip of the island that bears witness to the real hazard the island presented to shipping in years gone by as this is home to the majority of rusting ironworks. Many ships were wrecked in this spot from the ship the Mars which ran aground in 1936 to the Matagarda which hit the rocks in 1872.

Thankfully and hopefully with the advent of modern technology we hope that these wrecks of the May are a thing of the past, but the May will bear the scars of our industrial heritage for many years to come.

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