Shipwrecks on the south west coast of the Isle of Wight


Mathilde
Came to grief: 23rd November 1898 at/near Blackgang
Cargo: white oats
Crew of 4

The Dutch galiot Mathilde drove ashore in heavy rain and a southerly gale at the foot of Blackgang Chine. The crew were rescued by the Wheeler family and the cargo was salved and sold, some of the locals earning good money carrying it up the cliff.

Preparations were being made for her salvage when a heavy sea lifted her off, only for her to run aground again just below St Catherine's Point.
Once again preparations were made for salvage. She was lifted onto baulks of timber, ready to be lowered into the sea when preparations were complete.
Once again the sea intervened. The Mathilde floated off in a heavy sea, but this time was smashed against the cliffs where she rapidly disintegrated.

Fatalities: 0