Why shipwrecks, you might ask? Admittedly, shipwrecks are the vestiges of, for most, tragic events, especially for their crews. It is easy to imagine that their trip did not go for the best if the ship ended at the bottom of the sea. But it isn’t a sadistic pleasure that drives me here. In my opinion, wreckages are the best way to get as accurate a picture as possible of what navigation was at the time the unfortunate vessel was still afloat. All you need is a piece of wood from a sunken boat’s deck to raise a myriad of questions about the origins of the ship. What kind of wood was used or where was the ship coming from? What was she doing there, what purpose was she serving, to whom, and how did she end up at the bottom of the sea, are so many questions to which finding answers fascinates me.
A Beautiful Little Museum on the West Coasts of Guernsey
If you’re lucky enough to make a stopover on the Channel Island of Guernsey, do not forget to visit the Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum. Sitting in a defensive fort, also known as a Martello Tower, overlooking Rocquaine Bay, the museum is affectionately called the “cup and saucer” by the local population. Perfect for a stroll in the area with a breath of maritime history, the small museum offers for the daring sum of 4 pounds to narrate the tragic tale of ships and crews that have sunk in this part of the Channel. An information center gives a detailed description of the natural history of the site. Several activities add to the visit with quizzes, games and other entertainment to engage the curiosity of children. The main attraction of the museum is a Roman Galley recently discovered which you can learn the secrets of manufacture and the reasons for its demise. A bus commutes every hour, and you can rest in the cafes opposite the museum on the other side of the road.
What I strongly advise my readers who happen to visit the Island of Guernsey, is to foresee the visit of the Fort Grey shipwreck museum as a stage during your day of leisure. It is a great activity for couples to enjoy after a walk in the region or between lunch and Teatime. Finally make sure to take a good camera with you because if you like photography, Guernsey’s rugged West Coast offers an atypical scenery that is wonderful for photography, whatever the weather or the year.