Over the last decades, many containers have fallen off ships and often their cargo has washed ashore on beaches, including Texel beach. Some of the things found here: shoes, cosmetics, small sledges, cans of milk powder and bags of nuts. Another ‘interesting’ time was when lots of cartons of cigarettes of the Hollywood brand spilled onto the beach from damaged containers. All of Texel was dragging these cigarettes around. We also have a sweater on display knitted by a Texel lady from bales of cotton from a container washed ashore in 1982.
Recently, the MSC Zoë container ship lost over 300 containers off the coast of Terschelling. The beaches of Terschelling, Ameland en Schiermonnikoog were scattered with goods that had washed ashore. Some of them also ended up on Texel beach, such as children’s coats, car parts and small chairs, which are all displayed in the new ‘Container Shipping’ exhibition. This exhibition runs throughout 2020.