Part of the trip to Cliffe Fort was to see the wreck of the Hans Egede. Unfortunately after being predisposed within the fort I didn’t really have enough time to dedicate to the wreck due to the weather turning and advancing tide. I only managed to get a couple of sets of brackets off, none of which I was particularly happy with.

The Hans Egede is a wooden, auxiliary 3-masted vessel, built in 1922 by J. Th. Jorgensen at Thuro, Denmark. Apparently, she was reported damaged by fire 13/4 miles west of the North Hinder light vessel on the 21st August 1955. She was towed to Dover where the fire was extinguished. In 1957 she passed into the ownership of the Atlas Diesel Co. and spent some years in the Medway as a coal and/or grain hulk.

She was then towed to Cubits Town on the Thames. Unfortunately, as the tug Fossa from Gravesend was towing her up Sea Reach the strain on the structure, which had become weakened over the years, proved too much causing her to take in water and sink. After grounding on the Blyth Sands she was beached at Cliffe.

 (Mark Blundell)

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I processed this a few days ago and sat on the image after posting it on Flickr unsure of whether I liked it of not. The general consensus is that’s its okay. I’m managed to do a decent edit and make it look slightly ghostly which is what I was after.