Nudist beach Schelphoekgat Serooskerke
The caissons and the shipwreck.

(Thanks to Willem from Camping Smallegange's dijk)

There are 3 caissons and a concrete shipwreck. From west to the east, 2 caissons that were left over from the delta works, there next to a Phoenix caisson, and there again next to the shipwreck. The westernmost caisson is a so-called abutment caisson. Because this one, in contrast to the sloping one destination location, the. has been sunk on a flat bottom The top is sloping, and this is a wonderful opportunity to moor with a canoe, surfboard or small boat and rest in a sheltered place in the sun, or go for a swim from here.


The caissons and the shipwreck. Photo taken during the Young Ones! canoe weekend. When mooring, metal parts must be taken into account, but they are clearly visible in the clear water. Next to it is a normal caisson, 68x18x16.2 meters. The steel sliders have not been installed, they are still on top, so you can simply paddle through them. Especially on hot summer days, large fish, mullet and sea bass, seek shelter here from the bright sun.


The Phoenix caissons were originally built to provide port facilities for the French coast at the end of WWII. After 1953, the remainder of this war stock was towed from England to Zeeland for the repair of the dikes, including at Schelphoek and Ouwerkerk. What is remarkable about this unused caisson is the extension on the east side. This may have to do with the fact that some caissons, for their original purpose, were equipped with crew quarters and anti-aircraft guns. The concrete shipwreck was built in 1921 in La Havre for coal transport between France and Great Britain. Due to the scarcity of steel after the First World War, ships were built in reinforced concrete. The ship was last used during the construction of the Veersedam. During the construction of the Shellhoek working harbour, the ship sailed here and moored at the Phoenix caisson. Eventually it rained, sank, and sank into the mud. In recent years, several plans have been made to raise the wreck and sink it as a diving object in the Grevelingenmeer. However, the divers have not yet managed to raise their share of the almost 300,000 euro project.

Update: On Jan 21 In 2011, work started on raising the shipwreck.


A photo of the shipwreck.


The shipwreck is on the quay.

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