In the early hours of April 16th 1915 the 1300 ton Collier Eglantine Struck Filey Brigg in a position about mid way between the end of the Brigg and the Bell Buoy which marks the Brigg as a shipping hazard. The Eglantine’s captain had been trying to avoid, what he thought was a German Submarine by taking his ship inshore. The local lifeboat was called out and all the crew were rescued safely with no loss of life.
Over the years winter gales have destroyed most of the wreck leaving metal plates, the propeller shaft and other resistant parts remaining. The ship lies in about 15 metres of water and the Filey Brigg Research Group used the site for part of their biological monitoring project in the mid nineties. The photographs in this gallery show the types of life aroud the wreck, including large clumps of dead men’s fingers which are like a sort of soft coral. Even at this depth, sediment in the water cuts our much of the light. At 25 metres or so, there is very little light at all.Our gallery photographs below show the gloomy conditions and the exotic carpet of animals when the area is lit:
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