There are numerous wrecks along the Dorset/Devon coastline and one is so close to shore in Charton Bay that it can be seen at low tide. At exceptionally low tides the wreck can be accessed from the beach.
In 1896 an Italian wooden barque on its way from Borga to Seville was caught in a force 9 gale and eventually broken in two by the force of the waves. She foundered on a rock midway between Culverhole Point and the centre of Charton Bay.
Captain Bertolotto and his crew of 16 all safely reached the shore in their own boats and the cargo – cut soft wood – littered the coastline for miles to the west and east.
This photograph was taken on 11th March 2009 from Charton Bay.
Tide times available on request