The S.S. Samtampa (Revisited)

by David Nurse September. 01, 2021 300 views
The coast off  Porthcawl between Sker beach and Pink Bay.

The coast off Porthcawl between Sker beach and Pink Bay.

Today I start with an apology I have covered this site before (January 2021), however, I didn't get to see all that I would have liked and therefore a further visit was on the cards sometime this year.

The coast off  Porthcawl between Sker beach and Pink Bay.

The coast off Porthcawl between Sker beach and Pink Bay.

Then back in July I had some free time so off I went camera in hand (Or in the bag) down to the beach. It was a warm day and I was surprised when I got to the beach that the tide was quite low.

As the tide was low I thought that it may be time to revisit the site of where the S.S. Samtampa went aground.

I will not relay the whole story here as I covered this in a previous post and if you wish to read that please find it here.

Wreck Debris

Wreck Debris

The basic outline is that the S.S. Samtampa was one of the worst disasters off this coast where the ship went down, a lifeboat was sent to the rescue but this also went down and all lives from both the Samtampa and the Mumbles lifeboat were lost.

Wreck Debris

Wreck Debris

On my last two visits to this site, I have been unable to see what's left of the wreck as it is only visible for around an hour when the tide is at a low point on the calendar.

This day I was hopeful but alas the tide was not low enough so I combed the cliffs for any signs of any more wreckage.

Wreck Debris

Wreck Debris

As you can see scattered along this rocky outcrop there is quite a lot of rusting metalwork and although there have been several wrecks here, some of this rusting debris must have been from the Samtampa or the lifeboat.

Wreck Debris

Wreck Debris

Wreck Debris

Wreck Debris

Not to be outdone when I got home I checked the level of the tide and looked when the next lower tide would be and there was a window that might be possible in August.

The last remaining pieces of the Engine Block of the SS Samtampa Just off the coast.

The last remaining pieces of the Engine Block of the SS Samtampa Just off the coast.

I was in luck this time as I was going to be on leave and also the weather looked fair.

On the day my luck just got better as the weather was fine the wind was no more than a slight breeze also the surf was light and just perfect as the low tide was in the afternoon.

Finally, I got to see the wreckage.

All that is left to see is part of the engine and that's when you see here today.

The last remaining pieces of the Engine Block of the SS Samtampa

The last remaining pieces of the Engine Block of the SS Samtampa

Not much to look at really but the local history that is involved made it a special visit for me so I left satisfied with my visit.

The last remaining pieces of the Engine Block of the SS Samtampa

The last remaining pieces of the Engine Block of the SS Samtampa

Just one more piece to add to this story.

The bodies of the men were set to rest in the local cemetery where I am told there is a memorial to them. This will be my final visit in this sad story.

(To be continued)

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Thomas Thompson 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Sometimes you have to visit sides a few times because you either some things or you hear about new things   Fantastic captures love it that you got to see some of the wreckage, even though its sad Love the whole series

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