plate from the Ashford
A British steam collier built in Sunderland by J L Thompson in 1882.Unfortunatly on 25th June1906 she collided with a German Barque Pirat that was romping up the channel with most sails set on route for Hamburg. The Barque Pirat ploughed into the Ashfords stern near her rudder, holing her and sending sea water into the two aft coal filled holds.
She was then towed by a steam tug Dominion, she was filling fast and with in 2 hours had to be cut lose before reaching shallow waters where she could be beach she then rolled over and sank. Captain Tom Smith and his crew where taken off just before she rolled over and sank. One of the Ashfords crew of 18 was latter found to be missing.
The Wreck lies intact and upright in approx 33mtrs her shape is still quite easy to define. There is access to both engines, boilers and holds.
Bottles of beer from 'R Fenwick & Co Brewers of Sunderland' have been found intact and full recently.