“The Dmitry of Narva”
The Russian Schooner ‘Dmitry’ was wrecked on Tate Hill Sands during a ferocious storm on 31st October 1885. After having been steered successfully by Captain Sakki past the huge breakers on the Scaur and into the relative safety of the harbour, she swung towards the shore into Collier’s Hope where she struck ground. During the night the seas pounded her breaking the masts and leaving her completely wrecked and embedded in the sand.
Bram Stoker, who first visited Whitby in the same year, knew the town well and in his famous novel ‘Dracula’, published in 1897, he writes that the Count arrived at Whitby in the Russian boat ‘Demeter of Varna’!