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Dunkirk beach - Shipwrecks

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A couple of years ago, well before we knew there would be a movie made about it, I visited the Dunkirk beaches. There still are two ship wrecks from the evacuation still visible at low tide and we really wanted to see them. 

They are still visible at low tide but you have to go to Bray-Dunes to see them, which is to the north-east of Dunkirk. 

HMS Devonia:

A pre-war paddle steamer was converted to a minesweeper in 1939. On May 30th, 1940 she was bombed and damaged in such a way that it was unlikely she would make it back to Britain and she was beached.

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HMS "Crested Eagle:

A former paddle steamer was bombed by the Germans while carrying 600 soldiers on May 29th. Set on fire and with around 300 men killed she drifted back to the beach where she still is. 

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Fantastic, never knew this! Now I want to see them myself too...

I found this picture of the Devonia, in slightly better state. 

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Thank you, The_MadMan, that is a great pic! Any more pics of these ships?

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I found this one on the site of the Battle Detective, it shows the ship with German Soldiers in front of her. 

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