Two shipwrecks on Westward Ho! beach have been given national protection, government announces today (Monday).

Two shipwrecks on Westward Ho! beach have been given national protection, it has been announced today (Monday).

On Monday it was announced they have been protected by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on advice from Historical England.

The larger wreck still retains its key identifying features despite the effects of erosion, and is is believed to be the remains of the Sally, which ran aground on the sands in 1769, while bound from Oporto in Portugal to Bristol with a cargo of port wine.

The smaller boat was thought to be a Severn Trow, a small merchant ship working in the Bristol Channel coastline around 200 years ago.

It is lying at such an angle that it appears to have been driven ashore in a storm. Together, the two wrecks represent England’s commercial ambitions of the time.