Britain at Low Tide

East Yorkshire

Series 2 - Episode 5 East Yorkshire



Tori Herridge and her team are in Yorkshire, which has “plentiful waters off its coast”. I think she means “the sea”. It’s a handy little tourist guide to Whitby and beyond, with nuggets of history and archaeology.

There’s a mystery, too: why a vessel ran aground near Whitby in 1976 after leaving its home port of Scarborough. The wreckage is visible at low tide, a permanent, poignant memorial to a tragedy that took the lives of three crewmen.

And no show about Whitby would be complete without a brief look at the jet industry, which blossomed thanks to the Victorians’ love of a holiday souvenir, and Queen Victoria’s choice of jet for her mourning jewellery.


Tori Herridge uncovers the story behind a dramatic night in 1976 when fishing trawler the Admiral Von Tromp went wildly off course in the North Sea, after setting off in Scarborough and running aground in Whitby, North Yorkshire, with the wreckage still visible on the shores of Saltwick Bay to this day. The massive remains of a First World War fort lead Tori to tales of love in the East Yorkshire hamlet of Kilnsea, and she learns the strange fate of two ships that were built in Hull but ended up on top of a mountain in Peru.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Dr Tori Herridge
Director Catherine Abbott
Executive Producer Harry Bell
Executive Producer Brendan Hughes
Series Producer Michael Waterhouse
Documentary Science