Time and tide wait for no man as race on to save shipwreck

What the storm takes with one hand, it can return with the other.

As sea levels rise and storms sweep in with ever increasing force, we are getting used to seeing changes in our coastlines.

On the Orkney isle of Sanday, recent storms released a shipwreck from the seabed and washed it on to the beach, probably more than 200 years after it was taken by the water.

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It has come back to land and the sight of the beautifully preserved vessel on the sands has captivated locals who are keen to save this piece of maritime history before it is washed away again.

In recent time storms on Sanday, which lies in the far north east corner of the isles, have revealed previously unknown pieces of history. A Neolithic village at Cata Sand was exposed by high winds and tides in 2015. Then, a pit full of 12 whale skeletons also emerged.

Meanwhile, some of the islands most significant and ancient coastal sites are increasingly at risk from disappearing due to the impact of changing weather patterns.

The race is now on to save the boat at Cata Sand – and its history – for time and tide wait for no man.

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