Photograph by Dariusz W


The remains of the three-masted schooner Vonette on the beach near Bray-Dunes in northern France, just a few meters from the Belgian border.

Built in 1921, the 31 meter long, three-masted schooner Vonette was bound for Gravelines, France from Lisbon with a load of salt when it ran into bad weather. On December 24, 1929 the storm struck the ship and destroyed part of the sails. Listing to the left, the badly damaged schooner drifted in the storm which continued for a week until it finally ran hard-aground on the beach of Bray-Dunes around 4:30AM on New Year’s Eve.


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