IMPORTANT FUNDING REQUEST
Although strategically situated on the sea front the Coastwatch station has two blind spots in its surveillance operations .We recently applied for funding to address this safety factor on one of these spots along the coast at Redcar, but unfortunately our application did not fully meet the donors current funding criteria.
Funds are urgently needed to install a CCTV camera to cover the area to the East of the station towards the stray and the Granville Terrace slipway. Frequently used by boat owners, swimmers, jet ski owners and kayaks it is a busy area particularly during the summer season. There have recently been incidents in the area that could have resulted in the loss of life and were completely out of our line of sight. With a CCTV camera we would have been in a situation to observe and liaise with HM Coastguard.
Asking our members and the public to help us fund a particular project is not something we would ordinarily do, but the last 18 months of Covid regulations has seen our income demolished.
This camera will be a significant item of technology in our watchkeeping objectives so please, if you can, help us towards a target of £1500.00
Donations can be safely made through the Charities Aid Foundation. Click here to access our donation page and choose the “PTZ Camera Campaign” logo. Thanks for your help.
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Wreck of the SS DIMITRIS Redcar 1953
On December 1st, 1953, the SS Dimitris left the port of Bona, in Algeria, bound for Middlesbrough with a cargo of iron ore. She had only been purchased the previous year as the “Michael L Embiricos” and her name was changed to “Dimitris”
At approximately 9.30 p.m. on December 13th, 1953, with a clear sky and in moonlight, she curiously ran aground on the East Scar rocks, approximately one and a half cable lengths (about 250 metres) from shore. At 10.17 p.m. Cullercoats Radio received the following message from the stricken vessel - "SOS, have run ashore one mile from Middlesbrough Roads; require tugs.”
The then current Redcar Lifeboat “City of Leeds” was alongside the stricken vessel about 2300hrs and despite a heavy swell took off 22 of the 36 crew. Two local fishing boats took of the remaining 14. The vessel was boarded again in daylight the following day to remove the crew’s belongings.
The “Dimitris” began life in 1918 as a Standard "A" Class vessel, the ´War Malayan´. She was laid down in 1918 by Caird and Co. Ltd. at Greenock, of 5,202 gross registered tons. She was one of a number of "A" Class vessels that were intended to be converted into "AO" Class oil-tankers. However, by the time she was completed the First World War was over and it is uncertain if this conversion took place.
Her engine, also built by Caird & Co., a 1 x 3cyl. triple expansion steam engine fired by 3 boilers produced 490nhp and propelled her at 11knots.
The fairly substantial remains of the wreck is lying upright and approximately North/South across East Scar and Stokesley Scar at 54° 37.15N 001° 02.195W. There is some drying on low tides.
Local images reproduced by kind permission from Kevin Milner
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WRECK OF THE "FAIRPLAY II"
The steam tug "Fairplay II" was wrecked on Redcar’s Salt Scar Rocks on 2nd March 1940; the previous year she had been requisitioned by the Admiralty to serve as a rescue vessel.
The incident occurred in thick fog and all the 19 crew were rescued.
Built in Hamburg in 1922 she sailed under a German flag until 1938 when she was registered under a British flag by owners the Fairplay Towage and Shipping Company Ltd of London. At the commencement of WW II she was taken over by the Royal Navy for what transpired to be short service.
She carried no armament, had a displacement of 282 tons and her
1 X 3 cylinder triple expansion engine with a single boiler produced 111nhp. Propulsion was via a single shaft and 1 screw.
Today there is little left of the Fairplay II and the remains, (bow and boiler dry at springs) lie on the edge of Batt Height at 54° 37' 631N 001° 03' 063W
on a bearing of 43° magnetic from the lifeboat slipway.