Sandhammarens fyr - Sandhammaren lighthouse - Gopro Hero 3+ and DYS 3 axis gimbal
Sandhammaren Rescue Station and Lighthouse, Löderup, Sweden
THE DANGEROUS CAPE WITH THE BEST BEACH IN SWEDEN
In bygone days, Sandhammaruddden was feared by sea-farers for the treacherous sand reefs. In particular the stretch between Örnahusen and Sandhammarens lighthouse.In common parlance the sea here is called things like “ship graveyard” and ”slaughterhouse for our sailors”, and this with some justification as prior to the introduction of modern technology, the sea here was dangerous and many sailors paid with their lives. Over the ages, attempts have been made to warn sea-farers from land to avoid accidents. One often mentioned is the fire by Ola Fyrs during the first half of the 19th century and canon shots during fog. Later, the fog horn arrived. At the end of the 19th century, the search and rescue station was moved from Mälarhusen to Sandhammaren, which saved many sailors in need. Today, with modern navigational technologies, everything is different and accidents are no commoner here than anywhere else.1862 two lighthouses were commissioned at Sandhammaren. Both were built from iron as is typical of the time. Today, only one remains. The last lighthouse keeper left Sandhammaren in 1979. The lighthouse is now controlled remotely from Norrköping.There are many documented wrecks along the coast from Ystad to Kivik. You can do a search yourself on the database Fornsök. run by Riksantikvarieämbetet. There, you type in the search term “vrak” (wreck) and limit geographically what you want to see. There are many stories about valuable loads that followed down into the depths of the sea when a boat sank. As the sand at the bottom is so fine and floury, it very quickly covers up both the wreck and any treasures on-board the lost ships.Occasionally sailors, who had been saved from lost ships, made a model ship as a way of thanks and gave it to the church. This was also sometimes done as a remembrance for drowned sailors. This is one of the reasons why we sometimes see model ships in churches; these are known as votive ships. This is quite a late phenomenon from around the late 18th century.It was not just boats that could be badly damaged by storms. Not far to the east from Sandhammaren is the coastal village of Örnahusen. During a storm in November 1872, the small fishing village was badly hit when every single house was flushed away.