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Winter storms have been relentless across Devon and Cornwall over the last few months, and this was followed by a vicious tide that has now exposed a slice of history previously hidden beneath the waves. The wreck of the three ships is a stern reminder of the perils that sailors of the past had to undertake. The ships in question all sank around 130 years ago and their stories are etched into the sands of Carbis Bay.

 

Among the three wrecks lies a ship named Cintra, a 418-ton iron collier that was built in Liverpool. This ship was loaded with coal in the town of Newport and was heading for Dartmouth and it was on this journey that she would meet her tragic end. Anchored off the coast of St Ives the ship was caught by a storm and eventually succumbed to the relentless onslaught of wind and rain causing seven of the twelve crewmen to be lost as the ship was ripped apart. Whilst all this was happening just mere yards away the steamships Bessie and Vulture found themselves washed upon the unforgiving shore. This was not Bessie’s first time being unintentionally run aground but this time was different, this time she was standard on a rough shore being struck from all directions, lashings from the waves and wind, hammering from the rocks beneath. Her crew were rescued by the coastguard from the deck and hauled toward the cliff. The steamship Vulture had managed to get her crew to the shore but she succumbed to the battering and eventually sank.

 

These ships are a true testament to the skill, hard work, and dedication of the ship makers of old as they have not only stood the test of time but have done it at the mercy of the Cornish Sea. It is because of this that sailing around Devon and Cornwall can be incredibly tricky.

 

 The southwest has an unfathomable number of wrecks with around 3000 shipwrecks dotted along the rough coastline of Cornwall and 1600 beneath the turbulent waves of the north and south coasts of Devon. There is truly no better holiday destination for enthusiasts of engineering and maritime history.  

 

If this sounds like something you would enjoy paying a visit to then why not book your next holiday in St Ives!

 

 

 

 

 

The April Show is an event held by Surf Bay Leisure between the 10th and 12th of April. This event is the caravan and lodge show, we host this event to allow people that are due an upgrade or wish to make their first purchase have a look around and ask questions in a stress-free environment.
Individuals are given the opportunity to not only look and ask about caravans but also speak to park owners. This allows buyers to make an informed choice around the lifestyle they will lead for the next 10 -15 years. 
Decking for your static caravan can be made from a few different materials but no matter the material they are all made to a high standard. The standards for decking especially around statics need to be high as these homes away from home can take a serious beating by the weather, especially on the southwestern coast.
Here at Surf Bay Leisure, we are excited to be hosting another April show and it is right around the corner! Head down with the family to see the latest and greatest from our three manufacturers (ABI, Swift and Atlas) and maybe find your new holiday home.
What is the lifespan of a Static Caravan?

The lifespan of a Static Caravan can vary, however, like with most things if it is looked after and properly maintained then you could expect the static caravan to reach up to 30 or more years on private land. Parks will generally ask for it to be upgraded around the 15-year mark to keep the park looking appealing and safe.
Location:
What is the ideal location? This varies from person to person, but it is important to consider what makes a holiday special to you, is it being near stunning coastlines like you might find in Tintagel or would you prefer to be surrounded by the countryside like you might find near Winkleigh. Luckily if you enjoy both these things then the Southwest has it covered. The sea and countryside are never more than a 30-minute drive away from each other. 
Devons Marine Life

If you enjoy the wonders of the natural world then this is the blog for you! Lets explore the weird and wonderful things that you could encounter beneath the picturesque waves this summer.
Winter storms have been relentless across Devon and Cornwall over the last few months, and this was followed by a vicious tide that has now exposed a slice of history previously hidden beneath the waves. The wreck of the three ships is a stern reminder of the perils that sailors of the past had to undertake. The ships in question all sank around 130 years ago and their stories are etched into the sands of Carbis Bay.
The Eden Sessions

Cornwall is known for its stunning natural landscapes, but did you know that Cornwall also has a massive music scene? Cornwall has always been a big place for music and some of the earliest discovered ‘dance music’ manuscripts were believed to be from around 1750 – 1850. It is believed that this music spanned the classes and was generally enjoyed by all.