Wreck of the Esk

Parramore Island, Virginia

The shipwreck on the beach of Parramore Island is most likely the Esk. Shipwrecks on the Virginia Coast by Richard and Julie Pouliot, reports that the 148 ton schooner Esk wrecked on Sept. 7. 1888, two miles south of Parramore Beach Station. All seven crewmen were saved although the the ship was a total loss (valued at $7500). She was transporting a cargo of dyewood (valued at $3500) from Maracaibo, Venezuela to Providence, Rhode Island under a master named Watt. The home port of the Esk was Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Despite the depredations of souvenir hunters, worms, rust and shifting sand, substantial portions of the wreck remain, a tribute to the oak timbers that make up her frame and the iron fittings that reinforce them.