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UK storms: World War One wreck revealed on beach

  • 26 February 2014
  • From the section England
Carl wreck
The SV Carl broke its lines as it was being towed to London for scrap

The wreck of a German ship which sank during World War One has been revealed after storms washed away sand on a Cornish beach.

The 60ft (18m) SV Carl sank at Booby's Bay near Trevose Head in 1917.

It is thought that the ship was impounded in Cardiff at the start of the war in 1914 and was being towed to London to be broken up for scrap.

However, it broke its lines and was washed ashore, with only small sections visible at low tide until now.

Carl wreck
The hull of the SV Carl has been "amazingly well preserved" said photographer Crispin Sadler
Carl wreck
A mast from the SV Carl was among the wreckage that emerged

Crispin Sadler, a film maker who specialises in making documentaries about shipwrecks, said following a visit to the site: "Bits and pieces have been visible in the past, but it has never been revealed to this extent.

"You can see the mast, the bollards and bits of superstructure which you could never see before, it's amazingly well preserved because it was under the sand."

Storms have also revealed ancient forests on several beaches in the South West, an iron age settlement in Devon and wartime explosives in Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Tidal movements are expected to cover the exposed forests with sand over the next few months.

Recent storms have also revealed the remains of the SS Belem which sank at Northcott Mouth, near Bude in 1917.

The Royal Navy removed an unexploded World War Two device from Crow Point Beach in north Devon.

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