19 Amazing Photographs Of The MV Creteblock Shipwreck And How To Visit It

MV Creteblock Shipwreck
MV Creteblock Shipwreck

Ever wondered about the shipwreck between Whitby and Saltwick Bay?

Here’s 19 Amazing Photographs Of The MV Creteblock Shipwreck And How To Visit It

The MV Creteblock shipwreck at Whitby Scar
The MV Creteblock shipwreck at Whitby Scar

A Concrete Ship?

We know what you’re thinking. A concrete ship? That’s just not possible. Too heavy. Stones don’t float…

Well, turns out, sometimes, they do!

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During the Great War metal and other materials were in short supply. Ingenious engineers and shipwrights were desperate to find a way to construct much needed military vessels.

MV Creteblock in Whitby shipwreck viewed towards Tate Hill beach
MV Creteblock in Whitby shipwreck viewed towards Tate Hill beach

The MV Creteblock

The MV Creteblock was built in 1919 in Shoreham, West Sussex. History of the ships life is patchy but it is known that this concrete ship was purchased by Smiths Dock in Teeside where it was used as a harbour tug.

The bow of the MV Creteblock shipwreck
The bow of the MV Creteblock shipwreck

Scrap Ship Stripped

In 1935 the the MV Creteblock was taken to Whitby to be scrapped. The ship was stripped of everything of value and over time, gradually began to deteriorate.

The MV Creteblock shipwreck can only be accessed at low tide
The MV Creteblock shipwreck can only be accessed at low tide

Plan For Scuttling

In 1947 the decision was taken to scuttle the MV Creteblock. Scuttling is when a ship is sunk deliberately. In its dilapidated state the MV Creteblock had served its time and was destined for the Great Ship Graveyard At The Bottom Of The North Sea.

Concrete remains of the MV Creteblock shipwreck
Concrete remains of the MV Creteblock shipwreck

Accident On Whitby Scar

During towing out to be scuttled the MV Creteblock struck Whitby Scar in shallow water. This notorious stretch of water under the Abbey cliff claimed the MV Creteblock and the vessel broke up.

The MV Creteblock shipwreck on Whitby Scar
The MV Creteblock shipwreck on Whitby Scar

‘Blow Her Up Boys’

In a desperate attempt to clear up the debris of the cursed ship, the MV Creteblock was blown up with dynamite. These efforts were only partially successful as you can see – the MV Creteblock Shipwreck is one of the most prominent of the Whitby Shipwrecks.

At low tide the MV Creteblock shipwreck is revealed across Whitby Scar
At low tide the MV Creteblock shipwreck is revealed across Whitby Scar

The Big Reveal

Everyday at low tide the shipwreck of the MV Creteblock is revealed. Whether you’re walking along the Cleveland Way Trail at the top of the cliffs or pottering¬†along the beach from Whitby to Saltwick Bay, you’ll see the MV Creteblock shipwreck in its full glory.

The MV Creteblock shipwreck at Whitby Scar
The MV Creteblock shipwreck at Whitby Scar

Natural Destruction

As the years press on the constant battering of the North Sea is slowly destroying the MV Creteblock shipwreck. One day, all that will remain will be a collection of unidentifiable concrete structures.

The MV Creteblock shipwreck near to Whitby beach
The MV Creteblock shipwreck near to Whitby beach

Accessible Ammonite

This are is particularly popular for the finding of fossils and ammonite. All along the cliff its possible to find pieces of fossilised pine tree, the source of Whitby Jet.

The MV Creteblock shipwreck is popular with Whitby tourists
The MV Creteblock shipwreck is popular with Whitby tourists

The Rohilla Wreck

Not far from the MV Creteblock shipwreck there is another more well known and tragic wreck. The SS Rohilla shipwreck was a hospital ship that ran aground nearby.

A section of deck on the MV Creteblock wreck at Whitby beach
A section of deck on the MV Creteblock wreck at Whitby beach

Know Before You Go

Tides change on a daily basis please check tide times before heading out to visit the wreck. It is possible see the wreck from the Cleveland Way on the cliff top walking between Whitby Abbey and Saltwick Bay.

The shipwreck at Whitby beach
The shipwreck at Whitby beach

How To Visit The Wreck

The easy way to visit the wreck is to walk at low tide from Whitby’s Tate Hill beach towards Saltwick Bay. Equally the walk in reverse is just as effective.

Close to the deck of the MV Creteblock wreck near Whitby beach
Close to the deck of the MV Creteblock wreck near Whitby beach

Best Place To Park

If you’re keen to visit by car the best thing to do is to park at Whitby Abbey. You can read about other car parks here.

The recognisable remains of the Creteblock shipwreck in Whitby
The recognisable remains of the Creteblock shipwreck in Whitby

Walk The Loop

From the Abbey you can walk down the 199 steps to Tate Hill Beach and along the beach. If you want the double whammy and fancy a longer walk you could head towards Saltwick Bay, walk down the steps and follow the beach over Saltwick Nab until you reach the wreck. Linking both routes will result in a loop walk.

Take extreme care when visiting the Creteblock shipwreck
Take extreme care when visiting the Creteblock shipwreck

Watch The Tide

Whichever way you decide to visit the Creteblock wreck be sure to watch the tide. The tide comes in quickly and it is all too easy to get caught out. If it looks like the tide is turning, make your way to higher ground, either at Saltwick Bay or Tate Hill beach.

Check the tide times for your visit to the MV Creteblock shipwreck near Whitby beach
Check the tide times for your visit to the MV Creteblock shipwreck near Whitby beach

Take A Selfie

Be sure to record your visit to the wreck with a selfie! Impress your friends with your daring deeds and local history knowledge over a pint of Whitby Pale Ale at Whitby Brewery.

Looking back towards Tate Hill beach from the Whitby shipwreck
Looking back towards Tate Hill beach from the Whitby shipwreck

 

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19 Amazing Photos Of The MV Creteblock Shipwreck
19 Amazing Photos Of The MV Creteblock Shipwreck

 

 

The MV Creteblock Shipwreck at Whitby Scar
The MV Creteblock Shipwreck at Whitby Scar

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