On December 9, 1886, a huge storm caused the German registered barque, Mexico, to wreck. Initially, the Southport lifeboat Eliza Fernley was launched but on approaching the stricken ship, the vessel capsized in the turbulent waters. It washed up three miles from Southport, most of the crew members drowned…
Source: Old Lifeboat House
Originally posted on The Witch, The Weird, and The Wonderful.
Tales of bells that have been lost to the sea are a familiar occurrence in many legends, especially those that take place around Britain’s coastline. Whether lost by bad weather, bad luck, or punishment for a rash word spoken in anger, here are a selection of Britain’s drowned bells.
The Legend of Kilgrimol:
This tale is located at Lytham St Anne’s near Blackpool in Lancashire. Not far from the shore it is said that a church and its churchyard lie submerged beneath the waves. Known as Kilgrimol, there have been several explanations for what happened to the ill-fated church. Walter Thornber in his History of Blackpool and it’s Neighbourhood states that an earthquake caused the disaster, whereas other sources report a violent storm as the cause of the disappearance.
This story is founded on a degree of fact, and according to a 17th century source there was indeed…
Source: The Witch, The Weird, and The Wonderful: Drowned Churches and Ghostly Peals: Britain’s Lost Bells