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Elizabeth Scown on the breakwater 1877
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On 3rd March 1877 the ketch Elizabeth Scown, approaching Bude with a cargo of stone for an extension to St Michael’s church, was wrecked on the breakwater near Chapel Rock. The lifeboat attempted to rescue the crew but was hit by a large wave, which broke her rudder and several oars; a second large wave then capsized her and the coxswain, James Maynard, who...

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Elizabeth at Summerleaze in 1912
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Wrecked in a heavy sea on 16th February 1912 whilst entering Bude with a cargo of coal from Newport, the pictures of the Elizabeth look similar to those of the President Garfield. She went aground roughly where today there are the steps up to the sea pool and became a total wreck. Her mast was later recovered and was erected on Summerleaze Down as...

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Elizabeth at Summerleaze in 1912
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Wrecked in a heavy sea on 16th February 1912 whilst entering Bude with a cargo of coal from Newport, the pictures of the Elizabeth look similar to those of the President Garfield, with various pictures of the lifeboat approaching to take off the crew. She later became a total wreck, breaking up near today’s sea pool. Her mast was later used as a flagstaff...

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Crystal Spring at Maer in 1904
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The schooner Crystal Spring, grounded off the breakwater and was later wrecked under Maer cliffs in August 1904, whilst bringing a cargo of coal from Newport, which kept many local fires going for some time to come! The crew was rescued by breeches buoy; the rocket fired to carry the breeches line can be seen on the left of the...

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County of Salop at Wanson Mouth in 1892
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Liverpool collier County of Salop, bound from Le Havre to Swansea in ballast, ran aground at Wanson Mouth in a north westerly gale on 10th March 1892. All 28 crew and 2 passengers were rescued by rocket apparatus, the captain’s wife coming over in the breeches buoy with her baby tied around her...

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Concezione at Widemouth in 1900
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The Italian barque Concezione, carrying pit props from Nantes to Swansea, was driven ashore in a force 10 gale at Widemouth on 7th November 1900. Two men jumped over the side, after seeing 5 rockets fail to reach the ship, and were saved by men on the shore; all the remaining crew – except for one, who was lost – were rescued by rocket...

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Capricorno on the breakwater in 1900
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The Austrian barque Capricorno, en route from Cardiff to Angola with a cargo of coal, on 28th December 1900 was wrecked near the breakwater in a ferocious north westerly gale. Heavy seas washed seven men off the deck and rescuers using the rocket apparatus were unable to secure a safe line, even after firing 8 rockets. Some of the crew took refuge in a...

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Capricorno on the breakwater in 1900
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The Austrian Barque Capricorno, sailing from Cardiff to Angola with a cargo of coal, was wrecked on the breakwater on 28th December 1900 and became a total loss. Out of a crew of 14, only two men survived in the tempestuous seas. One of her masts was later used as the mizzen mast of the ketch Agnes, the last sailing vessel to be launched...

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The ‘Bencoolen’
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Although I am not aware of any pictures of the actual wreck, this photo shows some of the cargo and wreckage – being guarded by the police – after the Bencoolen was driven ashore under Summerleaze cliffs in a...

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The ‘Alford’ 1908
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The ‘Alford’ going aground at Summerleaze whilst entering the harbour in September 1908. The trail of smoke comes from the rocket apparatus used by the coastguard to fire a rope to the vessel for a breeches...

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