Keel of The Crystal – The Last Trading Schooner at Sandy Haven.

Leaning against the house wall at the side entrance to The Anchorage is a large black piece of wood. This is the largest remaining fragment of the sailing schooner – The Crystal. She was operated by the Beer family who built Rock House and the small stone quay just below the Anchorage. The old trading schooners were abandoned around Sandy Haven creek where their remains can still be seen. The sea corroded the iron pins holding their timbers together and they have now disintegrated into clusters of timber with rusty iron nails protruding. A photograph of  The Crystal was published in the Western Telegraph in 1964 showing her resting place in Sandy Haven creek but with only a her bow remaining intact. The large fragment was collected by the owner in 1974.

– John Roobol

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