Record Details

NHER Number:34507
Type of record:Maritime
Name:Wreck of the Sheraton, Hunstanton beach

Summary

The wreck of the Sheraton, a trawler that was launched in 1907. Between 1915 and 1918 the trawler was used during boom defence work and in World War Two it served as a patrol vessel. In 1945 it became a target ship, before being wrecked in 1947. In 2004 the wreck was 38.5m long by 5.35m wide, with a substantial section of the metal hull surviving.

Images

  • The wreck of the Sheraton, a trawler that was launched in 1907 and wrecked in 1947  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Documents/files/web pages

Location

Grid Reference:TF 6743 4199
Map Sheet:TF64SE
Parish:HUNSTANTON, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Wreck.
At least 15m (50 feet long), rivetted metal. Plates appear to be cast into ribs but rivetted to other plates. Double bottom. Said locally to be a ship called the Standon or similar name, launched in 1907 but date of loss unknown. Now a home for marine creatures exposed at low tide.
E. Rose (NAU), 27 May 1999.

The name of the ship was in fact Sheraton, a trawler used for boom defence work 1915 to 1918 and as a patrol vessel in World War Two. Wrecked in 1947 when being towed for use as a target hulk.
See press cutting (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 17 April 2001.

May to November 2004. Norfolk Rapid Coastal Survey. Context 26.
On the beach close to the base of the cliff.
The wreck of the Sheraton. Timber framed, with a metal outer casing, 38.5m long by 5.35m wide. Tile and cement ballast was seen towards the rear of the vessel; damage to the hull suggested that it might have been used for military target practice.
It was found 66m south of the location recorded above; this suggests that it may have moved recently.
Contexts 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, and 31.
Timbers found loose on the beach, with many wedged amongst rocks. All were probably from a ship, possibly the Sheraton.
Context 22.
Three iron objects were found embedded in the beach sand (between TF 67409, 42038 and TF 67410, 42031), but probably not in-situ. They may have come from the wreck of the Sheraton.
See (S2).
J. Allen (NLA), 13 April 2005.

September 2007.
Requisitioned from the Port of Grimsby and fitted with a naval '6 pdr gun' during World War Two. Post-World War Two she was stripped of transferable major componants of value, the hulk was painted bright yellow and moored off Brest Sand to be used as target practice. Drifted on to the beach at Hunstanton during a gale in 1947. Part of her structure has been cut away by a salvage company.
See (S2) for further details
H. White (NLA), 27 November 2008.

2008
The Sheraton was built by Cook, Welton and Gemmell in Beverley, Yorkshire in 1907. (S3) shows two rare photographs of the Sheraton at sea and beached at Hunstanton in 1947.
See (S3) for further details.
H. White, (NLA), 1 September 2009.

Monument Types

  • WRECK (Modern - 1901 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: JJY 8-9.
---Unpublished Document: Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey record form.
---Newspaper Article: 1996. Eastern Daily Press. 25 October.
---Website: http://www.nasportsmount.org.uk/projects/sheraton.php.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Robertson, D., Crawley, P., Barker, A., and Whitmore, S.. 2005. NAU Report No. 1045. Norfolk Rapid Coastal Zone Archaeological Survey. Assessment Report and Updated Project Design..
<S2>Unpublished Document: Draper, S. 2007. Draper, S. A Survey and Study of the Background of the Wreck of the Steam Trawler 'Sheraton.'.
<S3>Leaflet: Nautical Archaeology Society. 2008. NAS Diving into history- Adopt a wreck scheme. Steam Trawler Sheraton.

Related records - none

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