As most readers probably know, winter’s storms scoured out many local beaches; therefore,
Albion Sands is at the moment Albion Bedrock! While the shore is currently very
difficult to negotiate, rock-scramblers are rewarded with much better views of the
Albion paddlesteamer’s remains than usual – much more than the familiar crankshaft
and “spike”. Indeed, I cannot remember ever seeing so much in the way of engine remains.
I met there recently with Kate and Aran Lock and Luke and we clambered out for a
low-tide look. Unfortunately, the sea was turbid so we couldn't see under the surface,
but we fairly confidently identified the exposed “bits” as one engine frame, a cylinder
cover with stuffing box, one piston plus rod, and the skeleton of a large riveted
enclosure – either a water tank, or possibly the boiler. N.B. the ship’s hull was
There are some photos below, plus Owain John’s photo of the Mystery Ratchet Ring:
was this from the Albion’s windlass, or is it all that remains of another vessel?