The ghostly remains of a First World War German shipwreck that ran aground in Cornwall more than a century ago are revealed at low tide after storms batter the coast.
The sailing vessel, called the SV Carl, was being towed by the Royal Navy to be broken up for scrap when it got stuck on a reef in 1917.
It was buried under the sand at Booby’s Bay in Padstow more than a century ago but over heavy storms over Christmas removed enough sand to expose metal ribs from its 60ft steel hull.
- The SV Carl was a fully rigged Hamburg, Germany registered sailing vessel built in Maryport, Cumbria in 1893
- It was impounded at the outbreak of the First World War and sent from Cardiff docks to London for scrapping
- While being towed to London it ran aground during a storm in October 1917 and broke apart on the rocks
- It was buried by sand at Booby’s Bay in Padstow and then later partially exposed during winter storms
When it is exposed it is only visible at low tide ‘for an hour or so’ before the sand comes back and covers it over again.