With the severe winter storms of 2014, and the scouring effects of the storm driven waves, Rossbeigh Beach near Glenbeigh, Co Kerry has become the focus of You Tube and BBC websites. The scouring literally dug up a well buried wreck exposing its full keel, transverse ribs, and longitudinals.
The wreck was formerly a schooner, Sunbeam, built for and by Walters of Exmouth in 1860, ON 21781. Its dimensions were 79ft x 19.5ft x 10ft. The builder operated her until the 1870s when she was bought by Richard Kearon of Arklow. In January 1903, while on a Voyage from Galway to Cork, she was driven ashore at Rossbeigh, in a storm and wrecked. There was no loss of life.
Over the century, the wreck lost its masts, rigging, and upper works. The remains were buried by the sands of time. Local knowledge was aware of its presence on the beach. The wreck, although buried, was legally protected by Heritage Laws, since 2003, when the vessel was in situ for over 100 years. Due to a continuance of Atlantic storms the vessel was exposed bit by bit and now the remains of the vessel sits on the beach.
The National Heritage people are planning to once again bury the wreck in a more benign beach area in Rossbeigh with suitable signage and information for visitors. The photograph by Greg Matthews, a renowned seascape photographer, is stunning and beautiful.
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