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Mevagissey harbour  Visiting Cornwall Logo - background is part of Bodmin Moor as seen from Jamaica Inn at Altarnun. The road in the picture is the main A30 through Cornwall. Eden Project near St Austell 

Shipwrecks around the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
The sea around the Cornish coast and around the Isles of Scilly are littered with the remains of vessels that have foundered over hundreds of years.
Many are protected as the final resting places of those who lost their lives; some are buried in the sand and others have become home to coral and assorted sealife.
There are 716 recorded shipwrecks between the Isles of Scilly and Land's End, 105 around the Isles of Scilly, 1,017 between Land's End and Falmouth, 70 between Falmouth and Truro, 683 between Pendeen and Trevose Head, 73 around Lizard Point, 511 between Trevose Head and Hartland Point (in Devon)



Jeune Hortense
17 May 1888
Remains of the Jeaune Hortense exposed in January 2016   The Jeaune Hortense aground at Long Rock on 17th May 1888
The Jeune Hortense was a French brigantine swept onto the beach at Long Rock, Penzance on May 17th 1888 as it tried to deliver the body of a man from Fowey, Cornwall, who had died in France.
At the time, the Penzance lifeboat Dora was dragged to the spot by a horse and carriage so the crew could row out to the brigantine and rescue the four French crew.
The ship was also carrying 450 head of cattle, most of which were saved, as it made its way towards its destination of Mount's Bay.
After running aground, the vessel could not be re-floated and most of it was broken up for firewood. However, the hull remains and is usually covered by sand – unless stormy conditions uncover it. It recently reappeared in July 2010 and again in January 2016 (on the left above).
A contemporary photograph (on the right above) of the wreck was taken in 1888 by Alexander Gibson, part of the family of professional photographers from the Isles of Scilly.



SV Saluto
13 Dec 1911
SV Saluto December 1911
The Saluto was a Norwegian barque en route from London to Barbados when she sprang a leak when near the Isles of Scilly. On the 8th December 1911, she returned to Penzance and dropped anchor off Cudden Point where the Penzance lifeboat took off the crew. She did not break up immediatley and the Captain, two men and a coastguard returned aboard. Whilst they were busy salvaging effects, the wind freshened and they had to abandon ship again. The dingy capsized and the captain and the coastguard struggled in the water until they were rescued from shore.
The two sailors spent the night on board the derelict vessel before being rescued by breeches-buoy the next morning. The Saluto later broke up.



The Seine
28 Dec 1900
The Seine December 1900
The Seine was a 2,630 ton French clipper registered at Bordeaux. She was full rigged and built for speed to quickly carry nitrate from South America.

She was spotted off St. Agnes Head early on the 28th December and the rocket crews were assembled.
Early in the afternoon she ran aground off Perranporth, six sailors and the cabin boy were rescued by rocket apparatus before the hawser broke. The remaining crew were rescued after a new line was rigged, Captain Guimper being the last to leave his ship.
By dawn the Seine was on her beam ends, dismasted and open to the breakers, a gutted steel shell which broke up on the next flood tide.



SV Hera
01 Feb 1914
SV Hera Feb 1914
A German four-masted steel barque, Hera was en route from Chilie to Falmouth with a cargo of nitrate, when in the early hours of 1st February 1914, she struck the Whelps reef, off Nare Head, during a south-westerly gale, which ripped through her hull and sank on the west side of Gull Rock, St Veryan Bay, Cornwall. The crew attempted to launch lifeboats, but they capsized. Only 5 survived,clinging to the only remaining mast.
19 sailors washed ashore and are buried in a mass grave in Veryan churchyard. The grave itself is more than 30m (98ft) long.









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