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Length: 1.42 mins
Date: January 2005
Subject: The Inga, shipwrecks, diving, tall ships, Tynemouth Longsands
 
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Title: Inga
Kevin McDermott with his underwater video camera
Thanks to Ian's fellow diver, Kevin McDermott, for his great under water shots.

Ian has an obsession called Inga.

She's not a woman, but a tall ship that was wrecked off Tynemouth Longsands in a the Great Storm of 1901.

Ian first came across the wreck in 2001 and since then has done a lot of research on the ship and the people connected with her. His research has taken him to the Public Records Office in London and the North Wales Archives in Caernarfon.

The Inga was built in Sunderland and, in her long history, survived regular, challenging international trips. With this in mind, it seems poignantly ironic that she was brought to such a tragic end, with all but one of her crew lost, so close to where she was first launched.

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