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The Wreck of the Anson   (29 December 1807)

The wreck of the Anson on Loe Bar saw over 100 men drowned and battered to death by the waves but it also resulted in two advances in dealing with the consequences of shipwreck....

Solomon Browne: The Loss of the Penlee Lifeboat   (19 December 1981)

The loss of the Solomon Browne exposed with all too chilling clarity the harsh reality of life on Cornwall's romantic granite coast.

U-1209 Hits Wolf Rock   (18 December 1944)

Not knowing where you are at sea is never good but picking a fight with a lighthouse can only have one winner....

Copper on the Rocks in St Ives   (10 December 1846)

Today the Pedn Olva in St Ives is a place with a fine view up to Trevose Head where you might enjoy a scotch on the rocks but on 10 December 1846 it was a ship on the rocks, the Thomas  of St Ives.

The Loss of the Trevessa   (7 December 1923)

The loss of the Trevessa, a Hain Line ship, happened in a remote area of the Indian Ocean and was followed by 1700 mile voyage to safety in open boats. The final meeting of the investigation into the ship's loss took place 7th December 1923.

Blue Jacket on the Rocks at the Longships   (9 November 1898)

A clear night, a calm sea and only a short passage home to Cardiff. What could go wrong?

Scilly Disaster: The Legacy of a Mistaken Admiral   (22 October 1707)

A glimmering light spotted through the murk and a ship is saved, but the Admiral, his flagship and 1400 men will not survive the night....

The Cornish Titanic   (14 October 1898)

Coastguard Charlie May can hardly believe his eyes. There before him is a brilliantly lit leviathon of a ship and she's heading for the Manacles..............

Alacrity at Portheras Cove, Pendeen   (13 September 1963)

M.V. Alacrity ran aground at Portheras Cove on 13 September 1963. She has remained a topic of interest ever since.......

The Loss of the William Cory   (5 September 1910)

In his history of Levant Mine, Cyril Noall provides a brief outline of the wreck of the William Cory

on 5th September 1910. The wreck proved to be a bit of a windfall for the mine but how did the William Cory come to run aground on a calm day with excellent visibility?


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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>Marazion from St Michael's Mount., Penwith Local History Group
This month's featured photograph:

Marazion from St Michael's Mount.

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