North Devon Coast

National Landscape

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Greenranger and Nepenthe

The Greenranger was a tanker over 100m long, wrecked in November 1962. It ran aground after breaking tow from a tug boat that was taking her to Cardiff for a re-fit. After drifting onto rocks, some of the 7 crew were rescued by the Appledore lifeboat, but the majority were saved by Hartland men using breecher buoy rocket apparatus from the shoreline. Despite a major recovery operation to reclaim scrap from the wreck up the steep cliffs, on a low tide you can still see traces of the wreck from the South West Coast Path. Relics from the wreck are also found in Hartland Quay museum.

Inland from the coastal heath and wreck site of the Greenranger, you can see history of another type in the medieval strip fields on Milford Common.

Nepenthe. British merchant barque stranded Milford Cliff, 1863. Registered Liverpool. London to Cardiff in ballast. Wind wsw 6. Built st. Johns 1853. Owner: T. B. Hall. Master: Shearer. Crew of 9, 4 lost.