It is a rusting metal remain hidden beneath sand and sea – but every now and then it appears as a reminder of a legendary lifeboat rescue from nearly 100 years ago.
A few years ago while walking just beyond Cromer pier I noticed large pieces of metal glistening red in the afternoon sun. As I got closer I realized the red like glow was caused by the rust and that it was part of a ship.
It was fascinating to see, however, I had no idea it was the Fernebo. I had a small camera with me so I captured the spectacle.
Sand stripping currents and a low tide revealed what remains of one half of the Fernebo, which was lost off Cromer in 1917. The other half of the Swedish ship sank separately after the boat was blown in two by a mine.
The January day all those years ago was the scene of Cromer lifeboat coxswain Henry Blogg’s first of three RNLI gold medals.
A lengthy account of the rescue is available in at least two books. but in short Henry Blogg and his men saved the lives of nearly 30 men that day.