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Eastcliffe Hall

This steel four-hold freighter was carrying a cargo of pig iron when it hit a shoal and then a rather solid concrete buoy before filling with water and making the trip to the bottom. Due to the shallow depth explosives were used to reduce the height of the superstructure to prevent it from becoming a navigation hazard, but luckily most of the structure fell inside the wreck and is still there to be examined, including the now upside-down bridge.

The wreck is pointed into the current, and swimming inside the connected holds provides an escape from the flow. Once reaching the bow it's necessary to head up to the deck where you can find the winch and memorial plaque. Salvage efforts have removed many items from the ship including her two propellers. One thing they could not take away was the ship's name which can still be clearly seen in white letter several feet down from the deck about 10' back from the bow.

This link provides some stories of the wreck...

Photos by Mike Grebler using natural light and 3200 ASA B&W film.
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