Wreck 5006 Devon Coast

Summary

The wreck of the Devon Coast lies in 16m of water (CD) south of Cuckmere Haven in East Sussex. It was found by the UKHO in 1976 and identified by means of a builders plate in 1981. In 2002 and 2003 Wessex Archaeology carried out a number of geophysical and diving surveys with the aim to test methodologies, to confirm the identification and to obtain details on the construction and appearance of the "Devon Coast".
 
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Multibeam data showing the wreck of the Devon Coast. Click the spots to view details.Bollard Winch Boiler Propshaft

 

Results

The survey confirmed the identification of the Devon Coast and produced a basic plan of the wrecksite. The Devon Coast sank in a collision with the steamer Jeanie from Liverpool on the 4th of November 1908.
 
After the collision she was taken in tow by the Jeanie, but she sank before the protected waters of Cuckmere Haven could be reached.
 
Vessel specifications for the Devon Coast were obtained from Lloyds Register and the British Mercantile Navy List.

Boiler and Donkey Boiler

The large cylindrical main scotch boiler of the ship can still be found in its original location in the stern area. Two square furnace doors and the ends of steam tubes are visible on its northern face. The donkey boiler has collapsed and lies in front of the main boiler.

Bollard and fairlead

The collapsed bow area seems to be lying on its side. On the now vertical deck, a bollard and fairlead were observed.

Cargo Winch

One of the cargo winches of the Devon Coast is still standing upright on top of the cargo of cement bags where the deck collapsed.

Engine

The remains of the triple expansion steam engine with the propellershaft still attached can be seen aft of the boiler. The propeller is missing and has probably been salvaged.