Harbourmaster’s office, Broadstairs jetty, Kent
above: map of the Goodwin Sands shipwrecks
below: the Scotsman recovered from the Highland Chief barge that sank off Goodwin Sands in 1869
Goodwin Sands is a 10 mile long sand bank, on top of chalk, lying about 6 miles off the coast. Positioned close to major shipping routes it has caused many a shipwreck. Over 2,000 ships have been caught by this geographic feature, and it has made appearances in a number of books and films, from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and King John, to Moonraker and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The sand bank has also been a popular location for cricket, and even the odd game of bowls and football.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 10 March 2022
Posted as part of Thursday Doors