(Aka: S.S. J&J Monks)
A Steamer built in 1909 on the Clyde, by Scott & Sons, weighing in at over 280 tons, the Anastasi was lost on Christmas day 1946 whilst sailing between the port of Barrow in Furness and Northern Ireland. There is no evidence supporting the loss of any of the crew, as theory has it that the crew abandoned the ship and were subsequently rescued before leaving the vessel to be blown ashore.
A second theory presents itself in that local tales tell that she was actually being towed up the Duddon for scrapping where it became stranded on a high sand bank and all attempts to salvage thereafter failed.
The remains of this vessel are still visible at low tide, but anyone thinking of paying a visit to the wreck site should think twice? I would suggest those that are not deterred must have both a good knowledge of the tide times and the sands around it, as this vessel has claimed a number of lives since its demise.
'Beached' - A total loss.
Andy Moss kindly offers the following:
I can't remember all the details because it's a long time since I read them but if I recall correctly it was on more or less its first voyage under the name "Anastasi", having previously been called the S.S. J. & J. Monks. Anastasi was the surname of the new owner (a Greek Cypriot, I think?) and he renamed it after himself. It broke down off St. Bees Head or thereabouts in a gale, and drifted back down the coast until it beached at Walney. Attempts were made to repair the damage but it was either too great or the ship dug itself into the soft sand and could not be refloated and so was declared a total loss. The photo above will date from just after Christmas, 1946. Below is a photo of it as the "S.S. J. &. J. Monks" probably from the 1920's when it was used for shipping manganese ore from Porth Ysgo in Wales, and, although in later years it had a slightly different mast configuration (a third was added) there was very little change. Indeed, on the photo of it on the beach, the J. &. J. Monks on the funnel still hasn't been painted over.
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