The coastal waters off Newfoundland are littered with shipwrecks, most of them ancient and buried deep beneath the waves. Some of these unfortunate vessels have managed to avoid that briny fate though, ending up in shallower waters instead.

On the Southern Shore, the Ilex shipwreck is a fine example of such a ship. You’ll find it stranded along Bear Cove Point Path, the East Coast Trail that runs from Kingman’s Cove to Renews:

The Ilex shipwreck near Fermeuse

Short hike to the Ilex shipwreck on the East Coast Trail

At low tide, look for it in the water just off Lance Cove meadow, a mere 300 m from the Kingman’s Cove trailhead. There is no obvious path through the meadow here, so be careful when you make your way down to the water:

Walk down Lance Cove meadow - Bear Cove Point Path

Walk down Lance Cove meadow – Bear Cove Point Path

If the descent had been just a little easier, this short hike would have made a fine addition to my Easy hikes on the East Coast Trail list.

Anyway, at the bottom of Lance Cove meadow, step onto the rocky beach and turn right to find the rusting wreckage of the Ilex:

Ilex shipwreck - Bear Cove Point Path

Ilex shipwreck – Bear Cove Point Path

Rust - Bear Cove Point Path

Rust – Bear Cove Point Path

Rusty shipwreck - Bear Cove Point Path

Rusty shipwreck – Bear Cove Point Path

The remains of this ship have been here since October 27 1948, when she caught fire and ran aground… As final resting places go, it’s a pretty good spot!