The Doom Bar Devours Other Things Too!
If you think that the Doom Bar has this never ending appetite for ships only, you are wrong. Not just the Doom Bar, the other sand bars in the area are known for eating up almost everything they touch. Just 4,000 years ago when the sea level rose majorly, the sands gobbled up an entire forest that stood on a plain close to Cornwall. The submerged forest is still there on the eastern side of the infamous Doom Bar.
If you think that gobbling up an entire forest was an event of the remote past, don’t be mistaken. The sands here are moving constantly and they kind of get blamed for gobbling up houses and building close to the coast. That’s pure horror!
The Doom Bar Not Just Grabs, It Devours
The Doom Bar and its neighboring sand bars have this habit of not just grabbing and wrecking or beaching ships. They actually devour the whole ships. That’s pretty unsettling! What do we mean by devouring? We simply want to say that entire ships vanish into the sand and are then never ever seen again. One classic case is that of HMS Whiting. It was a 12-gun schooner.
That was the first war ship to have met her doom at the hands of Doom Bar. It was September 15 of 1816 when HMS Whiting was beached at the Doom Bar. The crew managed to escape but then the ship stayed back. The ship was then gradually devoured by the sand after some salvagers managed to grab whatever they could from the beached ship. Once the ship was devoured, no traces of the ship have been found ever. In 2010 Nautical Archeology Society tried to find whereabouts of HMS Whiting but failed miserably.
Antoinette – a cargo ship weighing 1,118 tons too disappeared at the Doom Bar. It was 1895 and Antoinette was on her way to Brazil and was loaded with coal. The ship foundered and steam tugboats were used for towing the ship. The towlines suddenly broke and Antoinette drifted away to its doom at the Doom Bar.
The crew managed to escape but the ship sank. Efforts were made to bring her out but the cursed sand bar didn’t want to let her go. Eventually the tides and currents carried Antoinette to another sand bar. It was in such a bad condition that rescuing was out of question and hence, attempts were made to blow it up and destroy it. That’ didn’t work either because even after the explosion, the wreck remained only to gradually disappear into the sand. Later many attempts were made to search Antoinette but no one could ever trace the whereabouts of the ship.
The Antoinette was returned in 2010 when the sandbar simply spat it out. It was jagged and skeletal and rose up from the sands mysteriously. Harbor authorities first thought it was a fishing boat that was named as Triumph and met her doom at the Doom Bar. Later studying skeletal remains convinced historians that it was Antoinette that returned from the dead into the world of the living.
The Doom Bar Stays and Changes Shape
The mysterious Doom Bar is present still today. It is barely 0.4 square miles in size and because of the constant shifting of the sand, the bar keeps changing its shape. It morphs into sizes and shapes that are hard to predict. It continues to baffle humans and every effort made by them to destroy this enigmatic sand bar. Over hundreds of years, it has captured imagination of humans and has found its place in literature and poetry too! But out of the books, the Doom Bar sits there silently, waiting for an unsuspecting prey. Dare to sail around it?