Haisborough Sands
Haisboro Sands or Haisbro Sands
Location map of Haisborough Sands
LocationSouthern North Sea, United Kingdom
Coordinates52°54′N 1°42′E / 52.900°N 1.700°E / 52.900; 1.700Coordinates: 52°54′N 1°42′E / 52.900°N 1.700°E / 52.900; 1.700
Length16 km (9.9 mi)
Width1.6 km (0.99 mi)
Area31.249 km2 (12.065 sq mi)

Haisborough Sands (or Haisboro Sands or Haisbro Sands) is a sandbank off the coast of Norfolk, England at Happisburgh.[1] The shoal is 10 miles (16 km) long and 1 mile (1.6 km) wide and lies parallel to the North east coast of Norfolk. The shoal is marked to the north-west by north by the Haisbro Light Buoy, North cardinal. To the south-east by south is a light buoy South cardinal, and to the west by Mid Haisbro light buoy starboard hand. In 1995 there were three drying patches[clarification needed] recorded to the north-north east and east-south east of the Mid Haisbro light buoy. Except at slack water their positions are indicated by tidal eddies particularly on the north west, and in slight or moderate seas the swell breaks on the shallower parts of the banks. There are several foul patches[clarification needed] on the southern part of the shoal. Over the years this shoal has claimed many ships.[2]


The main ridge of the shoal is made up of five distinct areas.[3] These are named Haisborough Sand, Haisborough Tail, Hammond Knoll, Winterton Ridge and Hearty Knoll.[3] To the eastern edge of the sands there are areas called Hewett Ridge and Smiths Knoll which form a ridge of sandbanks on the outer boundary of the sands.[3] Inshore and to the west there are additional banks including Winterton Shoal and the Newarp Banks.[3]

Fish and mammals

Haisborough Sands and its surrounding shoals are known to be spawning grounds[3] for Sand eels Ammodytes, Lemon sole Microstormus Kitt and sole Solea solea. The sands also provide nursery grounds for Cod Gadus morhua, Herring Clupea harengus, Mackerel Scomber scombrus, Sole, Lemon sole and Plaice Pleuronectes platessa.[3] There are small numbers of Harbour porpoise regularly observed within the boundaries of the sands. The common seals Phoca vitulina which are resident in the Wash are occasionally observed in this area.[4]

Ships wrecked on Haisborough Sands

Some of the ships wrecked here include:

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items with reliable sources.


See also


  1. ^ SC1408 Harwich and Rotterdam to Cromer & Terschelling Admiralty Small Craft Chart Coastal planning chart of the Harwich and Rotterdam to Cromer and Terschelling Scale: 1:300,000
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l The Ship-Wrecks off North East Norfolk by Ayer Tikus: Published by Ayer Tikus Publications; ASIN B0032Z2NU0
  3. ^ a b c d e f Special Area of Conservation (SAC):Haisborough, Hammond and Winterton
  4. ^ Scira Offshore Energy Ltd., 2006; Centrica, 2007
  5. ^ "The Ships List: Furness Line". Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  6. ^ "Placilla (1892)". Retrieved 2008-12-31.
  7. ^ "Nuggets of information". RNLI. Archived from the original on 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  8. ^ a b "Henry Blogg, the Greatest of the Lifeboatmen", Jolly, C., Pub: Poppyland Publishing, new edition 2002, ISBN 0-946148-59-7
  9. ^ "Fleetwood Online Archive of Trawlers". Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  10. ^ "Maritime Accident Casebook". Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  11. ^ "Grounding of bulk carrier Muros". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2019-11-26.