‘Skeleton’ of ghostly ship appears on UK beach a century after it sank

The remains of a spooky ship that mysteriously sank more than a century ago have now been spotted for the first time, after being submerged underwater for decades.

Ancient timbers can now be spotted at low tide on Warren beach, Abersoch, in north Wales, sparking a debate over its origins.

There are plenty of promising candidates, with the area being known across the world in the 1800s for its role in the international slate trade, experts believe.

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Researchers from the Cherish project, which aims to track how climate change is affecting Wales’ coastline, toldNorthWalesLivethat the new sighting could be related to at least 28 shipwrecks in the area that sank at the end of the 19th century.

They added that hopeful visitors who were looking to feast their eyes on the rare find would have to be quick, as it is likely going to go back underwater soon.

When its staff visited the beach, they noted that both wrecks were “visibly be-sanded” with only small sections left exposed.

“This starkly contrasts with previous years and really highlights the dynamic nature of the intertidal zone,” they wrote.

Despite its fleeting visit, locals were thrilled to see the ruins’ return, with many cracking jokes upon seeing the ship.

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One man said: “Wow wee! Never seen this before. Any treasure in the bowels?”

Another quipped: “Just needs a couple of new planks.”

The area was home to a well-known, but treacherous, port called Porth Neigwl, or “Hell’s Mouth” in English.

Despite this, it was a vital part of Wales’ sea economy and in the late 19th century, two dozen or more ships could commonly be seen sailing along the Abersoch sea lane at any given time.

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Brutal weather conditions lead to a plethora of crashes, meaning the area’s name was well earned.

Locals would often lie in wait to see when prized items, including booze pianos and pottery, would inevitably wash up on shore following a crash off the shore.

They would often hide their finds for a few hours to ensure that they were caught by patrolling police and the Customs officers.

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