2,000 tons of timber hits West Sussex beaches

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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 01-22-2008 11:58 PM 1712 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From a Worthing Herald report

”A MASSIVE clean-up operation is underway after 2,000 tons of timber washed up on Worthing’s beaches.
Giant mountains of wood have hit almost every beach along the town’s coastline, drawing visitors from across Sussex. Here is a video clip showing the scale of the problem, and here's a slide show.

The timber comes from the cargo ship Ice Prince, which was on its way to Egypt when it sank 25 nautical miles south of Portland on Monday.

Her crew of 20 was rescued, but around half of the timber they were transporting was lost to the sea.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is warning the public not to attempt to salvage any of the timber, although people have been seen loading wood into trucks
(tut!) from beaches in Goring and East Worthing.

Alison Kentuck, receiver of wreck, said: “The owners of the ship have appointed their own salvage company to come and retrieve the timber. I understand they will then try to sell it on.

“We are trying to get out the message that people need to stay safe and not attempt to take any of the timber from the beach. “It is illegal and the police are taking a hard line on this. Anyone found to be doing so could be fined quite heavily. “There have been people trying to do so, but when you explain their legal rights, most of them understand.”

As Worthing residents learned what was going on, thousands flocked to the beach to take a look at what many believed was a once-in-a-lifetime sight.

Dozens could be seen taking photographs and many just stood watching in amazement at the sheer scale of what had happened. Helen Moules, 50, of Thalassa Road, said: “It is just absolutely fascinating and the smell the wood is giving off is gorgeous – it certainly makes a change from seaweed.

Her neighbour, Margaret Finley, 64, said: “We’ve seen people carrying wood off home. It just goes to show how strong the tide and winds are to bring all this wood here.”

”I did just encounter one parking attendant though who didn’t realise what was happening. He thought this was to stop the seawater from causing floods. It was so funny. I couldn’t believe he didn’t know.”

It is thought the operation to rescue all the planks, many of which are six metres long, could take weeks.

Don’t miss the Worthing Herald’s eight page souvenir special called “Planks for the memory”!!

Oh, and it’s a 600 mile round trip for me. I did glance over the cliff top here on the East Yorkshire coast today just in case!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 01-23-2008 12:02 AM

I saw that on the news here. Too bad you can’t take any.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-23-2008 12:07 AM

2,000 tons! That’s a lot of lumber.

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#3 posted 01-23-2008 12:50 AM

There’s a few match sticks in all that lumber Stewart.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 01-23-2008 12:53 AM

a rare sight indeed! Wow!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 01-23-2008 12:54 AM

Just think of how many full sized chairs you could build with that.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 01-23-2008 01:02 AM

Wow, how did the ship sink? Too bad you couldn’t get a truck load of that, Stewart!

Maybe the salvage company will sell it to the public at bargain prices ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 01-23-2008 01:28 AM

let me over there, I have experience with those types of this and this

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#8 posted 01-23-2008 01:31 AM

My Wife’s family had a vacation home North of Seattle for many years. We would get a number of logs that would be washed up on the beach from winter storms. Nothing of this scale. The few logs that would come in were so few that owners would not even bother looking for them.

Aside from salvage issue for the owners and the legal issues for people trying to illegally salvage the logs, it looks like it would be a pretty dangerous working in and among that tangle of logs.


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#9 posted 01-23-2008 01:37 AM

man ! all we ever get is bales of pot and cocain washing up on our beaches !! (and cubans ) lol

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#10 posted 01-23-2008 02:03 AM

It kinda looks like my floor after I use my planer… :)

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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#11 posted 01-23-2008 06:36 AM

That is interesting. Probably all construction grade lumber – watch for the price of lumber to go up in Europe.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 01-23-2008 07:08 AM

Not precisely what Anne Morrow Lindbergh had in mind when she wrote “Gift From the Sea”.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#13 posted 01-24-2008 01:01 AM

Gives new meaning to the phrase “all a-board”, yeah, like “all” is right.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#14 posted 01-24-2008 08:44 AM

That’s really something!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#15 posted 01-25-2008 08:56 AM

Maybe we should advertise our “2×4 Challenge” in the local paper over there. I bet we’d get a few thousand more members.

-- Happy woodworking!

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