I recently had the good fortune to obtain these original photographs from a local auction, they are not the same as any others i’ve seen of the incident.
Despite the Greek name, the Athina Livanos was a 4824 ton steamer built by Grays of Hartlepool and completed in October 1936, as this beaching took place on 28th February 1937 the ship was brand new and possibly on its way to its new owner.
A short Pathe News clip can be viewed here
The Athina Livanos was lost on 29/11/1943 when it was torpedoed in the Gulf of Aden by the Japanese submarine I-27
I have received information that as of 26th July 2012, this pillbox has been demolished. Another one bites the dust.
The quaker burial ground can be found just off Skinnergate and contains over 1000 burials.
All the headstones are very simple in design as is traditional, despite some of them being the most powerful and influential industrialists and bankers in the area.
Edward Pease (1767-1858) – The Father of the Railways
Joseph Pease (1799-1872) – First Quaker MP
John Fowler (1826-1864) – Inventor of the steam plough
Henry Pease (1807-1881) – Founder of Saltburn
James Backhouse (1720-1798) – Founder of Backhouse Bank which eventually became Barclays.
Ralph Ward Jackson (7 June 1806 – 6 August 1880) was the founder of West Hartlepool and was the towns first MP in 1868.
The sculptor was Edward Onslow Ford
It was donated by Colonel J. W. Cameron, the founder of Camerons brewery to mark the jubilee of the opening of the towns first dock and harbour.
The statue was unveiled on 12th June 1897 by the Marquis of Londonderry.