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Lady Acland and Wild Pigeon 1898

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 by in Ships | 0 comments

Seen in 1898, on the left, the ketch Lady Acland enters the harbour whilst, to the right, the Wild Pigeon runs onto the rocks at Summerleaze Point; the rocket apparatus team takes the crew off by breeches buoy. She was later refloated, only to be wrecked nearby 6 years later, when swept out of the locks in a storm. The locally owned Lady Acland was built in 1830 at Stapleton’s yard on the upper basin of Bude canal; she was rebuilt in 1903 at the same yard and renamed the Agnes. Later owners included Peter Herbert, the Bude shipowner; in 1957 she was fitted out for a voyage to Australia but was wrecked in a hurricane in the West Indies.

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