SHIPWRECKS & GROUNDINGS “Esk”
A Greenland whaler, named the “Esk”, of Whitby, Captain Dunbar, from Greenland to Whitby, (out of the port of Tyne returning to its home port of Whitby) with a cargo of oil, was driven in a storm from the N.E. on to Marske sands and became a total wreck. Out of the crew of 27, only 3 were saved. One of the many whaling ships of the time. Was caught out by an on shore gale which forced her onto the Saltscar Rocks, East of Redcar. 3 of the crew of 20 survived.
It maybe worthy of note that whaling from the port of Whitby never survived this tragedy.
December 24, 2012 Ships