Shipwrecks on the south west coast of the Isle of Wight


Essen
Came to grief: February 1881 at/near Rocken End
Captain Jurgensen
Cargo: iron ore

The steamer Essen of Kiel under the command of Captain Jurgensen.
Cargo of iron ore from Bilboa to Rotterdam.
She came ashore early on a February Sunday morning at high water, and when the tide ebbed, the crew walked ashore. The vessel broke up soon after.
After many landslides that year (1881), it was jokingly remarked that the idea of getting so much iron ore in the bay was to give the Island a better foundation.

Fatalities: 0