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The wreck of the Grampian Castle

When the tide is very low and the sea calm, you can see the wreck of the Grampian Castle rising out of the sea in Llanddwyn Bay. This is a relatively recent wreck. The vessel, a converted fishing trawler, 41m in length, ran aground on 2nd March 1987. There was talk of refloating and salvaging her, but it didn’t happen. And in January 1991 another vessel (the Sapphire) ran into the wreck and also sank.

With my camera, it just looks like a bit of a dark smudge in the distance – which is what it looks like in reality from the shore, looking towards the Morfa Dinlle area.

Grampian Castle wreck, Llanddwyn Bay

Grampian Castle wreck, Llanddwyn Bay

Grampian Castle Wreck - zoomed in

Grampian Castle Wreck – zoomed in

The grid reference of the wreck is SH4064260924 (click here to link through to a map of that reference on gridreferencefinder.com).

You can read more about the wreck at wrecksite.eu or on Coflein (the website of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales),

Both sites also link through to other wrecks in the area: it is quite a graveyard for ships and boats, with a few aircraft too. The most photographed is the wreck of the brig Athena.

The lowest predicted tides this year, 2013, will be on the 26th June and 25th July visit the National Tidal and Sea Level Facility website for more information on tides.

Update – 29th May 2013

Another photo, perhaps a bit clearer. It looks a bit like a whale :)

The wreck of the Grampian Castle, taken from the new viewing platform near the main car park in Newborough Forest

The wreck of the Grampian Castle, taken from the new viewing platform near the main car park in Newborough Forest


The wreck of the brig Athena

This is what remains of the brig Athena. The ship ran into trouble during a winter storm in December 1852. It was sailing from Alexandria to Liverpool; it seems particularly tough to have come so far and then meet with disaster.

Wreck of the brig Athena on Penrhos Beach, Newborough

Wreck of the brig Athena, with Llanddwyn in the middle distance and the Llyn Peninsula in the hazy background.

However, it isn’t a totally sad story because thanks to the courage of the local lifeboat men, the 14 crew of the Athena were rescued and taken to safety on Llanddwyn.

Now the Athena makes a beautiful and much photographed landmark on the long, and often deserted, Penrhos Beach (Traeth Penrhos) – the beach to the north side of Llanddwyn Island.

You can walk to the wreck either from the Malltraeth car park, or the main Newborough Forest car park. Its approximate grid reference is SH385645 and it’s about a mile and a half or two miles from either car park, or from the village.

Click here to see the approximate location of the wreck in Streetmap.