East Sussex Shipwrecks of the 19th Century
(Pevensey - Hastings - Rye)

by David Renno

East Sussex Shipwrecks - Pevensey, Hastings, Rye

East Sussex Shipwrecks of the 19th Century is the first comprehensive reference work to be published on the subject of lost shipping between Pevensey and Rye during the 19th century. The book includes:

Detailed commentaries and statistical information panels for over 180 shipwrecks
Summary of the 19th-century Sussex coastguard network
General information on vessel and rigging names

This is an invaluable work of reference for anyone interested in the history of merchant shipping, from marine archaeologists to amateur divers and historians.

What the reviewers said

“makes for easy as well as entertaining reading …invaluable to future researchers”
Brighton & Hove Life - October 2002
“full of human interest and drama..... invaluable reference tool”
Aspect County -: Summer 2002
“leaves the history-orientated reader yearning for more.”
Rye & Battle Observer - 23.8.02
“well presented book ”
Eastbourne Advertiser - 22.8.02

Sample page


Date sunk:

Location: 5 miles (8km) east of Royal Sovereign
Gross tonnage: 298
Length (feet/metres): 1 19/36
Beam (feet/metres): 26/8
Type: British sailing brigantine
Home port: Newhaven
Voyage: Newhaven to South Shields
Date built, builder: 1871, May at Shoreham, Sussex
Owner: J.H. Bull et el., Newhaven, East Sussex
Master: C. Care
No. of crew: 7
Ref: SIBI V2 Section 3; BC 17.3.1893


The Mariner left Newhaven during Wednesday 8th March 1893 with her crew of eight. The vessel had not got far before the weather, although calm, became very foggy indeed. At about 3am the next morning the Mariner was 5 miles (8km) east of the Royal Sovereign Light in the thick fog, when the master heard the foghorn of a vessel nearby. The Mariner replied to alert the nearby vessel of her presence. The foghorn of the other vessel was heard continuously for about ten minutes when suddenly out of th fog appeared the 2,000-ton Dutch steamship Hispania. The steamship struck the Mariner on the port side, smashing the foremast and causing so much damage to her that it was clear she would sink very quickly as a result. The master and crew managed to get aboard the Hispania which was bound for Spain from London, although there was not enough time to rescue their belongings. They were not long aboard the Hispania when the Mariner sank in very deep water, with little hope of salvage.

The Hispania carried on its voyage down the English Channel and were about 12 miles (19km) off Brighton when they came across a fishing smack. The Mariner crew were then transferred to the fishing smack and taken back into Newhaven.


Published Price: 16.95
ISBN: 1857766474
Published By: Book Guild
Publication Date: 01 August 2002
Format: Cloth / Hardback, x 290 pages
Languages: English
Availability: On sale now

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