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Ship wrecks! My first photo with over 5000 views! (Hover mouse over photo)

On 22 December 1894, the Norwegian ship, Abana was sailing from Liverpool to Florida but was caught up in a storm and mistook the then recently built Blackpool Tower for a lighthouse. The Abana was first seen off North Pier but by the time the lifeboat, which had to be towed by horse from Blackpool to Bispham, had been launched it had drifted to Little Bispham where it was wrecked. The remains of the Abana are still visible at low tide on the beach at Little Bispham.

 

On 31 January 2008, the Riverdance a RORO ferry in service on the Irish Sea, was travelling from Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland to Heysham when it ran into trouble at about 19:30. A total of twenty three people were airlifted from the ferry, which ran aground on the beach at Anchorsholme, Cleveleys at 22:50. The ship was beached very close to the remains of the Abana. On 1 February a 400 metre exclusion zone was placed around the stricken ferry and it was revealed that the ferry could be stranded on the beach for some time before salvage teams could remove her. The ship suffered further structural damage during storms on 12 March, and it was announced on 10 April that all attempts to refloat her had been abandoned and that she was to be scrapped on site.

 

Can also be seen here, The Worlds Best Photos Of Cleveleys.

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The World's Best Photos of Blackpool and shipwreck.

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Taken on February 7, 2008