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20 Features
Washed up at Nanjizel   (20 June 1910)

On board the Febrero, a Spaniard out of Bermeo bound for Newport are 23 crew including: the cook, Roque Iriarte, a small, moustachioed youth of 20 who has worked at sea for the past few months; and the chief engineer, Jose Espinoso, in the pockets of his blue trousers a lottery ticket............

The Wrong Ghost Ship on Long Rock Beach?   (17 May 1888)

Numerous pictures on the Internet claim to show the remains of the schooner Jeune Hortense exposed on Long Rock beach. Her skeleton is occasionally exposed by storms, or is it?


The End of HMS Warspite   (23 April 1947)

The story of the last days of the Warspite is well known, the old ship gallantly contesting the best efforts of the shipbreakers to take her to Faslane to be broken up. Warspite's battle with the breakers made waves across the British press……………

Robert Hichens of the Titanic   (14 April 1912)

At 11.40 pm on April 14 1912, the largest steamer in the world, Titanic, part of the White Star Line, hit an iceberg and sank with the loss of 1502 lives...............

Submarine Aground Near Cape Cornwall   (31 March 1930)

Anyone looking for something a bit out of the ordinary on the weekend of 30/31 March 1930 got a bit of a treat at Porth Nanven. Washed ashore on Saturday 30th was the British World War One submarine L1.  

The Torrey Canyon   (18 March 1967)

Torrey Canyon was, in 1967, the biggest ship ever to be wrecked; two and a half times the length of a football pitch, and carrying 119,000 tons of heavy crude oil..............

The Sinking of the Indian City   (12 March 1915)

On Friday March 12 1915 the steamer Indian City was torpedoed by a U-Boat 10 miles south of St Mary's, Scilly en route from Galveston to Le Havre laden with cotton, copper and cask staves.


Victory wrecked off St Ives   (17 February 1839)

Not Nelson's famous flagship but a smack from Bristol bound for Exeter laden with freestone and castings. Victory hit The Ridge and became a complete wreck......or did she.........

Riga Packet lost with all hands   (20 January 1820)

The bottom of a vessel was observed about four miles from the land. The gigs went to the wreck, which proved to be the Riga Packet, of London, from the West Indies. Nothing has been heard of the crew.

Another ship lost on the Brisons   (11 January 1851)

On 11th January 1851 the 250 ton Whitby-built brig New Commercial hit the Brisons ledge off Cape Cornwall in thick fog and a high wind. Bound for the ”Spanish Main” from Liverpool she was immediately dashed to pieces but everyone on board, nine men and one woman, the wife of the captain, managed to get off onto the ledge.......

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Penwith Local History Group

c/o Morrab Library
Morrab Gardens
Penzance, Cornwall
TR18 4DA

Penwith Local History Group, Penzance, Cornwall
Penwith Local History Group
Penzance, Cornwall

The Morrab Library showing the new extension
The Morrab Library showing the new extension.
Photo Glyn Richards

<br>St Michael's Mount from the Coast Path by Penzance station., Penwith Local History Group
This month's featured photograph:

St Michael's Mount from the Coast Path by Penzance station.

Photograph by Ted Mole

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<br>Coastline near Zennor., Penwith Local History Group<br>Chysauster looking east to Mulfra Hill., Penwith Local History Group<br>Marazion from St Michael's Mount., Penwith Local History Group<br>Greenburrow Engine House, Ding Dong Mine., Penwith Local History Group<br>Marazion from St Michael's Mount, Trencrom on skyline., Penwith Local History Group<br>Three of the Nine Maidens, Zennor Hill in background., Penwith Local History Group<br>Levant Mine from the south showing the leat in the foreground, left to right the calciner, stamps and compressor stacks and the whim and pumping engine houses in the centre with the Skip Shaft headframe., Penwith Local History Group<br>Higher Bal, Levant Mine. Engine house for dual purpose pumping and winding engine. Stonecrop in foreground., Penwith Local History Group<br>Causeway to St Michael's Mount on the ebb tide., Penwith Local History Group<br>Men-an-Tol., Penwith Local History Group<br>The Nine Maidens Stone Circle., Penwith Local History Group