Flamborough Head is on the east coast of Yorkshire where I grew up. It was populated before even the Vikings showed up, but the Vikings had much to do with forming the culture of the village and the people. My banner photograph shows what the North Sea can be like at the North Landing, Flamborough -- in the summer! Needless to say the sea floor around the headland is littered with wrecked ships, the most famous of which is the the Bonhomme Richard . This is the ship sailed by John Paul Jones, who, although he won the Battle of Flamborough Head, lost his ship and had to sail the enemy's ship, The Serapis, up the coast to safety. There are, or were American divers on expedition looking for this WRECK. I don't think they will tell anyone if and when they find it until it is safely secured from other divers. So I don't know if this wreck has been found yet, for sure.
These old post cards and photographs are from my collection of old photos of Flamborough. A couple of them are from the very early 1900's.
Note the date: 1903
Notice the great number of birds in the cards above. It is said that before the lighthouse was built in the 1800's sailors would listen for the seagulls to tell how close they were to the headland and being wrecked on the rocks. It is a Royal Heritage site today with many, many birds nesting and frequenting the cliffs, including gannets and puffins.
This one says "After the Storm" and shows parts of a boat or boats washed up on the shore at the North Landing.
This photo would have to be dated in the 1930's or 40's. The cliffs here are about 300-400 feet high.
I think this was the Rosa which was wrecked at the North Landing. The great boiler from this ship was still there on the rocks when we moved to Flamborough in 1946. It was too big for me to scramble up on at ten years of age, but quite accessible for others at low tide.
YOU CANNOT IMAGINE HOW PRIVILEGED I FEEL TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND MOST OF MY YOUTH IN THIS WILD AND WONDERFUL AREA.
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