Wreck was part of our childhood

I READ with interest your article about the wreck of the Amsterdam in the Observer (February 1).

I think it was several years ago that there was a report in the Observer that a man walking his dog along the sands at Bulverhythe discovered the wreck. Unfortunately the firm that was working on the new sewer outfall went to the wreck with their diggers and reeked havoc by digging in the wreck without any supervision, ruining any chance of an organised dig to find anything of historic value.

We as kids were choked to see our lovely wreck completely spoilt by vandals. However one man that took a lot of trouble in organising us kids to gather as many bits of interest that he logged in order to create an interesting display of odds and ends, was Mr J. Manwaring Baines, FSA, the curator of Hastings Museum.

I saw the wreck some months later and it had been completely gutted so anyone with thoughts of treasure, forrget it because all you might get are loads of clay pipe bowls and broken stems.

Anyone interested should read Historic Hastings by Mr Manwaring Baines, Appendix VI, which is probably available at the public library.

The reason I have such an interest in the wreck is as a young lad with a couple of mates before the war we used to go on the wreck with our spades and dig for treasure. But what we got were clay pipe stems.


Bexhill Road

St Leonards